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.


Columban Competition: 'Facing up to Climate Change'

Anna Joy Marshall

Anna Joy Marshall (15) of St Mary's Catholic High School, Chesterfield, won the recent print competition for young journalists on 'The Challenge of Climate Change'.

Our world is incredible. Scientists say that for every disease, there is a natural cure somewhere on the planet. There are thousands of natural resources like wood, edible plants and fuels. Everyt...

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Jean Vanier at Flame 2019

Jean Vanier

Canadian Catholic philosopher, Jean Vanier, gave an exclusive video interview for Flame 2019, the CYMFed Catholic Youth Congress held at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on 2 March 2019.

Jean shares his story here and encourages us all to find the secret of our own beauty - we are more beautiful than we dare to believe. He encourages young people to be themselves, to listen to their dreams. Al...

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Artist announces project that puts HCPT's pilgrimages in the frame

Artist Colin Bentley on pilgrimage

Acclaimed artist Colin Bentley has announced a major project: 'Pilgrimage - a portrait of HCPT' inspired by the work of the charity. Colin, who is currently Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Artist in residence, has work in private collections throughout the World.

Colin says: "I've always thought of myself as very lucky doing something that inspires me. Walking into my studio every day ...

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Columbans announce winners of Climate Change Competition

Anna Joy Marshall ........  Oliver Watkins and Dillon Thompson

A teenager whose family is active in the Justice and Peace movement has won the writing section of the Columban Young Journalists Competition in Britain, 'The Challenge of Climate Change', with her article 'Facing up to Climate Change'. 15-year-old Anna Joy Marshall of St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield said: "this competition has made me think about different ways of voicing my con...

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Text: Jean Vanier at #Flame

image: ICN/JS

Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche was going to be one of the keynote speakers at #Flame on Saturday. He had to cancel visit to England because he was recovering from an operation on his throat - but he gave a video interview which was greeted by standing applause. The text follows: My father was in France during the war. When the Germans invaded Belgium and then France, we...

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Text: Archbishop Eamon Martin at #Flame2019

Call to Holiness - A Reflection on the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment

NASA Scientists announced a few months ago that the Voyager II spacecraft, which was launched from Planet Earth in 1977, has now left our solar system and entered interstellar space! In 42 years, Voyager II has travelled eleven billion miles and it will keep going, onwards and outwards towa...

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Interactive photo exhibition connects Catholic youth with climate leaders around the globe

Linking up with Peru

Young people attending Flame 2019 at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday, had the experience of seeing CAFOD projects in Peru coming to life through the charity's new and interactive augmented reality exhibition. The exhibition was launched at Flame 2019 in sessions run by teams of CAFOD's young leaders around England and Wales.

Attendees saw the experiences of Lima's changemakers brough...

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Watch: Columban video with interviews from #Flame 2019

Columban Faith in Action Volunteers

The Columban missionaries in Britain have produced a great six-minute video recorded at Flame 2019 on Saturday. Thousands of young Catholics packed the Wembley SSE Arena on 2 March. This huge gathering of Catholic youth happens every two years and is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed). The theme was #Significance.

Many diocesan bishops sat alongside their young p...

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#Flame 2019 #Significance - a day to remember

Nearly 9,000 young Catholics from across the country attended the FLAME 2019 youth event at The SSE Arena, Wembley on March 2, 2019. The theme this year was #Significance, and speakers and performers focussed on the theme of each person's life being unique and special to God.

Speakers and special guests for 2019 included Archbishop Eamonn Martin, Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Vincent N...

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Flame 2019 - biggest-ever UK Catholic youth event

Flame - the biggest-ever Catholic youth event in England and Wales is back. More than 9,000 young Catholics will be attending FLAME 2019 in Wembley SSE Arena this Saturday, 2nd March.

The theme this year is: #Significance. Through drama, song and worship the Gospel scene of the road to Emmaus will be brought to life to show the significance there for our lives. Christ accompanied those do...

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Manchester students enjoy retreat at Freshfield

Students with chaplains and Penny

Students at the Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy took advantage of the offer of some quiet time for prayer and rest on a recent weekend retreat at the Prayer Centre of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God at Freshfield, near Formby.

Nine students took part, most of whom are part of the music group which enhances the liturgy at the 7pm Mass at Holy Name Church. The group was ...

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#FLAME 2019 coming to Wembley

Flame - the biggest-ever Catholic youth event in England and Wales is back. Nearly 8k young Catholics will be attending FLAME 2019 in Wembley SSE Arena on 2nd March.

The theme this year is: #Significance. Through drama, song and worship the Gospel scene of the road to Emmaus will be brought to life to show the significance there for our lives. Christ accompanied those down-trodden, depres...

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Young team of prayer guides launch retreat in daily life programmes

Newman House prayer guides

The Jesuits in Britain spirituality outreach team is getting down to its busiest time of year with programmes of retreats in daily life in university chaplaincies as well as with youth workers, school chaplains and parishes.

Last week saw the Newman House (Catholic chaplaincy) Retreat in Daily Life for students from London Universities, led by a team of prayer guides which included FCJ si...

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Roehampton: Students enjoy Signposts vocations workshop

Sculpture by Barat House, Roehampton University Chaplaincy community

On Tuesday, 5 February Fr Martin Poulsom and Fr David O'Malley led the first Signposts vocations workshop of the year with the Barat House chaplaincy community at the University of Roehampton. Ten students took part in the two hour workshop and then were led in prayer by Fr Martin.

The workshop consists in experiencing five different discernment skills for making good life-choices. It is ...

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