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.

Ship visitor among those honoured at Celebrating Young People Awards 2019

Cardinal Nichols and Hannah Forrest. Credit: Anthony Kelly

A young volunteer ship visitor and a group of urban gardeners were just two of the winners at this year's Celebrating Young People Awards, which were announced at a glittering ceremony in Central London on 3 July. The awards - now in their fourth year - were organised by Million Minutes. Hundreds of young people were nominated in six categories, each celebrating a different aspect of Catholic S...

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CAFOD gap year volunteers celebrate ten years service worldwide

image: Jean De Silva / CAFOD

Volunteers from every year of CAFOD's gap year programme came together at the charity's headquarters in London to celebrate ten years of the scheme last Tuesday.

The Step into the Gap programme, which first began in 2009, involves young volunteers living and working in a UK community for a year and visiting a CAFOD project overseas, where they witness first-hand the impact donations from ...

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Religious relish chance to listen to young people at WYD @ Home

Listening Hub team

Religious from several congregations joined forces to be a presence at a large gathering of young people for a weekend festival over Pentecost at Alton Castle in Staffordshire. The youth event was entitled : 'World Youth Day @ Home.' In the words of the organisers: "Many of us were keen to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to World Youth Day in Panama this year, but for many of us from the ...

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Ireland: Emma Tobin on faith experience of young people in the digital world

Emma Tobin

When I started secondary school, if you didn't have Facebook, you may as well not have existed. If you didn't have Facebook, nobody could tag you in anything, no one could like your posts or, perhaps most importantly, your profile pictures. The number of likes you could rack up on a picture of yourself was a real mark of your influence and general relevance within the social hierarchy.


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Spirit in the City 2019

The Spirit in the City festival is coming the heart of London on Friday 31 May and Saturday, 1 June.

Based in Leicester Square Gardens, the theme this year is 'Life to the Full'. There will be live music from One Hope Project, Oompah Brass, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, Guvna B and Noel Robinson, stalls, Q&A sessions, workshops, a prayer space and many more activities.

"It is an ...

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Booking now: Compass Summer Discernment School

Wiki Image: Hansueli Krapf

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th July 2019

A Catholic Summer School for discerning Young Adults searching for…

~ a way to live faith fully ~ a way to live life courageously ~ their true path among the many ~ a way to live joyfully ~ God in their lives

The COMPASS Group invites anyone 18 - 35 years of age to join in this Discernment School that will try and explo...

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HCPT: 'a beautiful and happy year with a special Welsh tone'

Group 144 with 'Cariad' dragon.

As more than 1,000 children with disabilities and their groups left the annual HCPT Trust Mass in Lourdes last Thursday, the President of HCPT described this year's celebration as "a beautiful and happy year with a special Welsh tone." Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, had concelebrated with eight other bishops from Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA. Th...

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Pilgrimage: Walking and Praying in the Catholic North West

Walking in Cumbria

The Thinking Faith weeks at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria have been running for 15 years. The Augustinian Sisters are joined by a Dominican friar or two to welcome younger Catholics (20s-40s), who want to explore their faith freely and intelligently in a friendly, prayerful atmosphere.

This year's week (20-27 July) will be a bit different. We are planning a pilgrimage walk on most days, taking...

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Philippines: Some 12,000 expected for Philippine National Youth Day in Cebu

The Archdiocese of Cebu will be holding the National Youth Day (NYD) from 23-28 April as part of the celebration of the current Year of Youth by the Catholic Church of the Philippines.

Since the start of the NYD in 1986, this is the first time that Cebu will be hosting the event from April 23 to 28, in which some 12,000 young pilgrims are expected to participate.

The upcoming even...

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HCPT: Welsh region sets the theme of 'love'

The HCPT Easter Pilgrimage began in Lourdes yesterday. Groups around the country have prepared liturgies on the pilgrimage theme ' Cariad - God's love is the best love'. The leading region this year is Wales.

Cariad is an important word in Wales, it means love. HCPT Wales says: "During your week in Lourdes, may you receive God's love and share this with your HCPT family. At the end of t...

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200,000 minutes of silence to speak up for voiceless young people

Parishes, schools, organisations and individuals across the UK, have joined together throughout Lent 2019 to support young people, and help raise money to change their lives. Thousands of people have taken part in Million Minutes' 'siLENT', creating 195,495 minutes of silence. Their silence has given voice for those young people who are overlooked and silenced in today's world.


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Competition: "Walking on the moon, still warring on Earth."

The Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW) is inviting school students in years 10-13 to take part in an essay competition, submitting from 500 to 1000 words on: "Walking on the moon, still warring on Earth."

Bruce Kent - Vice President of MAW and a Catholic peace campaigner says:

"This essay competition is a great opportunity for young people to make known...

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HCPT plans joyful start to busy Lourdes pilgrimage season


Throughout the UK and in 11 other countries, groups are making their final preparations for HCPT's Easter Pilgrimage - which starts on Easter Sunday and kicks off the charity's season of pilgrimages to Lourdes in Southern France. HCPT's pilgrimage, the largest from the UK, will provide a joyful, loud and colourful start to the Shrine's 2019 season - which will see it welcome over four million v...

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Beirut: Young people from 43 countries attend Taize weekend

Youth participants gather with Taizé brothers for evening prayer. Photo: Katja Dorothea Buck/WCC

Around 1,600 young people from 43 countries came together in Beirut, Lebanon with the brothers of the ecumenical, monastic community of Taizé (France) from 23-25 March. Middle Eastern and Western Christians discovered how fruitful and stimulating an ecumenical exchange can be.

In many ways the gathering in Beirut was different from other international youth meetings. It was initiated and...

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