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.


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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Intervention by Bishop Mark O'Toole at Youth Synod

Bishop Mark O'Toole

Bishop Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, gave the following intervention today at the Synod of Bishops on 'Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment' meeting this week at the Vatican.

Holy Father, brother Bishops, dear brothers and sisters,

From the age of 17, Jesus has exerted an attraction over my heart; no other can match the magnetic pull of His love, or the peace that H...

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Youth Synod focuses on sexual abuse, role of women

Three participants at the Synod of Bishops on Youth attended the daily press briefing on Monday and addressed the two issues of the sexual abuse of minors and the role of women in the Church. These included Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, auxiliary bishop of Lyon, France, Emmanuel Gobilliard and Italian author Mr Thomas Leoncini. After offering their impressions of the Synod, tw...

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Youth Synod: Making or breaking of Pope Francis?

Credit: Catholic Bishops of England and Wales

On Wednesday 3 October the Synod of Bishops on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment" started in Rome. The four-week meeting comes at a time when the Church faces its biggest crisis since the Protestant Reformation: worldwide clerical sexual abuse scandals.

The Synod of the Bishops brings together bishops from all over the world to discuss a specific theme. At the end of the...

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Synod is a time for sharing, says Pope Francis

In his opening speech for the 15th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment, Pope Francis said "the Synod we are living is a time for sharing" - sharing that must involve both speaking with courage and frankness, and listening with humility. The Synod, he said, "must be an exercise in dialogue", especially for those directly participating in the event...

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Columbans launch Schools Journalism Competition 2019

Young British Winners in 2018 for 'Migrants are our Neighbours'

Marking the Feast of St Francis and following on from the success of last year's inaugural Columban Schools Journalism competition, the Columbans have launched a 2019 competition with the title: 'The Challenge of Climate Change'.

Students aged 15-18 inclusive are invited to write an article or make a video report that informs and raises important issues on the topic. Two ...

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YCW Survey: Work and Mental Health

Earlier this year the YCW - Young Christian Workers - launched a national consultation on Young People and Mental Health. As well as a general survey on mental health issues, we also wanted to ask about the reality of young people's mental health in relation to work. We had well over 500 young people in work (either full-time, part-time or casual) or seeking work, who responded to the survey an...

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Scotland: Students explore beyond church walls

Students from Catholic schools across Scotland gathered together on Monday at the Xaverian Missionaries Conforti Centre in Coatbridge for a unique learning experience. 'Beyond the Walls' bought together eight of Scotland's leading lay-apostolate organisations to explore the life and mission of the Church taking place 'beyond the walls of chapels and churches'. The event was lead and...

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Lebanon hosts first international convention of young Syriac Catholics

The words of Jesus' invitation - 'Come and See' (Jn 1, 39) are the guiding thread of the first Syriac Youth International Convention which is taking place in Lebanon, in Faytrun, near the monastery of Our Lady of Light. Around 450 young Syriac Catholic aged between 18 to 35, from 18 different countries are taking part. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan writes that...

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Katie Prejean to speak at Adoremus Youth 2018

Katie Prejean, the incredible dynamic and engaging Catholic speaker and author with a passion for sharing the Faith is coming to the UK on 8th September, as the keynote speaker of the Adoremus Youth Congress. Since 2007, Katie has been traveling around North America speaking to audiences of all ages on everything from the Eucharist, pursuing a relationship with J...

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Pope advises youth assembly 'not to be young people who have grown old'

Pope Francis sent a message to young people on Sunday, meeting for the 6th Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly. The Conference takes place in Martinique from July 10-23, and is focusing especially on how to transform the Family in the Caribbean in line with Amoris Laetitia.

The complete translation from Spanish of Pope Francis' video message to the young people of the Antille...

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