Youth & Young Adults

News from around the world by national and local youth groups such as CYMFED & YCW. It also contains reports on events, activities and resources for young people, often written by young people.

Leeds Trinity University to host annual retreat for young people

Youth 2000 team

Leeds Trinity University will welcome young Catholics from across the UK as part of an annual religious event.

On Friday 21 February 2020, the University will host the Leeds Retreat for the fourth year running, in partnership with Youth 2000, an international movement which seeks to connect young people of Catholic faith.

The three-day retreat brings together young people aged 16-35...

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Columban Competition for young people: Tackling our Throwaway Culture

For the past few years the Columban Missionary Society has run a Schools Journalism Competition for Britain, and one for Ireland. It has encouraged students between the ages of 15 and 18 to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

This year the Columbans have invited stude...

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Young leaders hold assembly on international efforts to tackle poverty

Assembly at Salesian College Farnborough

A group of inspirational young people from Farnborough have been raising awareness about poverty and the work international development charity CAFOD is doing to tackle it.

'Young leaders' from Salesian College Farnborough, recently held an event for the whole school - teaching them what they had learned on their recent training with CAFOD on how countries around the world are working to ...

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Pope sends message to Meeting of Young People in Poland

Thousands of young people are currently gathering in the Polish city of Wrocław for the 42nd European Meeting of Young People, sponsored by the Taizé Community, which is taking place from 28 December 2019 through 1 January 2020.

This is the third time Wrocław has hosted the event, and the fifth time that the Meeting has been held in Poland.

The annual European gatherings, accordi...

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Pope tells students: Freedom to express yourself necessary for growth

After being greeted with songs and best wishes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination, the Pope opened the door to the new centre.

On Friday, Pope Francis inaugurated the new Vatican headquarters of Scholas Occurrentes, a pontifical organization involved in education in 190 countries around the world.

Representatives from Scholas Occurentes from around the world welcomed the Holy Father to the new premises. The young formators - present either in person or via video-link - came from Japan, Argentina, the United State...

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival pilgrims told: 'Rebuild my Church'

Thousands of young Australian Catholics were challenged to "go out and rebuild" God's Church on the opening day of the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

The opening session of the Festival, which drew more than 5500 young people from across Australia, featured a Welcome to Country, high-tempo music, inspirational speakers and moments of prayer.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SD...

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Australia: Thousands arrive in Perth for Catholic youth festival

Thousands of young people from across the country are in Perth, Western Australia, as the Archdiocese of Perth hosts the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

Around 5,500 attendees are spending the three days from Sunday, December 8 to Tuesday, December 10 reflecting on the Biblical exhortation to "Listen to what the Spirit is saying."

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACY...

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London: Celebrating Young People's alumni event

Group with banner at peace statue

Over National Youth Sunday weekend (22 -23 November 2019) nominees from previous 'Celebrating Young People Awards' gathered for a young adult's alumni gathering in Central London, for a weekend of celebration, formation and networking. The event was powered by Million Minutes in partnership with the Columbans UK.

The event brought together young people aged 17-25 years, celebrating their ...

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Pope tells young people in Tokyo: 'Never lose heart or set aside your dreams'

Leonardo, Miki and Masako with Pope Francis and Fr Renzo De Luca who helped with translating

A large crowd of young people gave Pope Francis an exhuberant welcome as he arrived at St Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo today.

During the gathering he heard testimonies from three young people - a young Catholic, a young Buddhist, and a young migrant - who were able to voice their deepest fears and aspirations and ask the Pope some questions.

Miki spoke about the pressure young Japanese...

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Christus Vivit - Video series for under 30s

A series of 26 videos has been launched , based on different chapters of 'Christus vivit'.They will guide viewers to read this document and will help young people discover how the words of the Holy Father resound in the hearts of the 'Under 30' generation.

Just two years ago, Pope Francis set up the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life Youth Office taking over the functions of the Pon...

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National Youth Sunday launch of Synod Fruits project

Bl Chiara Badano in 1987

On the Feast of Christ the King, National Youth Sunday, the Synod Fruits project launches its first fundraiser to help bring Pope Francis's message from Christus Vivit to life in exhibitions offered to Cathedrals around the country.

The team at Synod Fruits hope funds raised will enable them to exhibit portraits of twelve young saints, paired with extracts from Christus Vivit, in Cathedra...

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National Youth Sunday Resources

Young CAFOD climate campaigners

National Youth Sunday takes place this weekend, the Feast of Christ the King. The theme this year is 'significance' - recalling Pope Francis' words in his book Christus Vivat (Christ is Alive) where he reminds us that "All the young, without exception, are in God's heart and thus in the Church's heart" and calls us to accompany them as they discover their significance.


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Pope Francis: 'We begin to die when we forget about death'

In a video message sent on Thursday to participants in the 4th World Meeting of Young People, held in Mexico City, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of death, saying the question is really about life.

The gathering ended on Thursday, Halloween, just ahead of the Feast of All Saints on Friday and the Feast of All Souls on Saturday, known in Mexico as Día de los Muertos (Day of the ...

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Portsmouth: Young Catholics inspired by leadership training

More than 40 young Catholics from across the Portsmouth Diocese came together for their first leadership training day at St Joseph's College, Reading - and are now excited to act for global communities.

The year-long course, offered to those in their first year of sixth form, has been running for over half a decade and inspired a generation to raise awareness and fundraise for communities...

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