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.


Zimbabwe: Young Catholics hold 'Deo Gratias' concert

An exuberant show of youthful energy and talent

A gratitude musical concert to say 'Thanks be to God!' was the inaugural Deo Gratias Concert held recently at the Arrupe Jesuit University in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Concert was hosted by Young Zimbabwean Catholics in the Ignite Youth Choir working under the auspices of the Jesuit Youth Ministry.

Members of the choir are drawn from various parishes and from Magis Zimbabwe Network.

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Philippines: Church announces 'Year of Youth'

The Church in the Philippines inaugurated the Year of Youth on the Solemnity of Christ the King, and announced the National Youth Day 2019. The Episcopal Conference has officially announced that 2019 will be the Year of Youth which will end on November 24, 2019, as part of the "nine-year journey for New Evangelization", in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in ...

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YCW 'MIND! the Gap' campaign - National Action

Over the past year, the Young Christian Workers (YCW) has been running a national campaign called "MIND! The Gap", which focuses on young people and mental health. The YCW gathered comments from over 1000 young people across England and Wales and have been using this feedback to develop new initiatives in schools, parishes and workplaces to help raise awareness about this important issue.

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View from South Africa: Synod on Youth

Not much has been reported in South Africa on the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. This could be due to the fact that there is still no official English translation of the 60-page final document (a real bone of contention for those who feel that despite the fact that this gathering was branded "universal and diverse", non-Italian speakers were simply exclu...

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Youth charity picks up challenge of Youth Synod

The Synod on youth, which came to a close in Rome at the weekend, has called on the whole Church to accompany young people, including those who are most vulnerable in life. The Synod Bishops concluded with a message to young people declaring that the Church "does not abandon you" and "is ready to accompany you on new roads".

In its final document the Bishops called on the Church to value ...

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Westminster: Cardinal discusses Synod with young people

On Tuesday, 30 October, Cardinal Vincent Nichols hosted young people of the diocese at Archbishop's House to reflect on the recent Synod on youth, faith and vocational discernment.

Cardinal Vincent began by explaining the mechanics of a Synod, how long it was, how many people were there and gave a brief explanation of how the days worked. He mentioned that a summary document had been prod...

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Pope Francis: Homily at Synod Closing Mass

Pope Francis preached at the Closing Mass of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People on Sunday. The Holy Father focused his homily on the Gospel saying that Jesus models a person who listens, is a neighbour and bears witness.

Jesus models to his disciples three "fundamental steps on the journey of faith", Pope Francis said, reflecting on the Gospel story o...

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Synod on Young People - final document summary

On Saturday afternoon, the Final Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops consisting of three parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages is approved in the Synod Hall. The text was received with applause, Cardinal da Rocha said. It is "the result of real teamwork" on the part of the Synod Fathers, together with other Synod participants and "the young ...

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Synod of Bishops: Letter from Synod Fathers to Young People

Cardinal Baldisseri reading

The following letter from the Synod Fathers to Young People, was read by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri at the conclusion of the final Mass. The full text follows: XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

We the Synod Fathers now address you, young people of the world, with a word of hope, trust and consolation. In these days, we have gathered together to hear th...

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Youth Synod: Bishops share concerns

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Bishops from around the world held a press briefing at the Vatican yesterday to respond to questions about the Synod on Youth.

Earlier the Synod Fathers had discussed the draft of the final document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. A letter to young people, from the Synod, was also read out in the General Assembly. It is expected that the let...

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Cardinal reflects on second week of Youth Synod

In the second week of the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, Cardinal Vincent Nichols reflected on the plenary discussions about the second theme.

In this part, we've been trying to look more deeply at the reality in front of us and to discuss the Church's response to it.

There have been some marvellous debates, full of energy and actually full of fun. Some o...

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Cardinal Nichols on first days of Synod on Youth

image Marcin Mazur

The synod of bishops on young people, faith and discernment is now two and a half days old and it's becoming very obvious that a pattern is emerging. These two days we've heard some wonderful contributions full of energy, full of life, sometimes full of anger, and full of hope. One of the things that has struck me very much is the realism in the discussion. It's a realism which has been promote...

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Youth Synod: Becoming digital missionaries

Today at the Synod Bishops on Young People briefing the press were told that a repeated theme in conversation in the Synod assembly was how the Church can be part of the digital world. For this, the Church needs "digital missionaries", Russell Pollitt SJ, writes.

Dr Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, started the briefing by listing a number of iss...

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CAFOD volunteer adopts Romero's name on confirmation - on date of his canonisation

Indigo on her Confirmation day

A young volunteer from Kent who has been inspired by Oscar Romero's legacy was one of the first to take on his name as she iwas confirmed - on 14 October, the same date as his canonisation.

Indigo Thornton, who volunteers with young people at St Vincent's Centre in Whitstable, first came across CAFOD partner Oscar Romero when she was 11 years old and her school's house name was named afte...

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