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.


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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Booking now: Adoremus Youth Congress

The Adoremus Youth Congress will take place parallel to the main National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool, on 8 September in the Auditorium at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

During the Congress there will be inspirational speakers - testimonies from young people, Katie Prejean, Jo Boyce and friends, Rise Theatre, CAFOD, Animate, Salesians, One Hope, Joel's Bar, Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop M...

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Philippines: Genfest brings message of unity and hope

The eleventh edition of the Genfest has just ended. The 6,000 young people present, who came from Focolare communities in more than 100 countries worldwide, launched their project: 'Pathways to Fraternity' - ways and means that aim at bringing individuals and peoples together so that they can contribute towards building fraternal relationships in the fields of economy, justice, politics, enviro...

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Philippines: 6,000 young people gather at Genfest

More than 6,000 young from 100 countries are converging on the Philippine capital, Manila from July 6 to 8, for the 11th Genfest, the international youth festival of the worldwide Focolare Movement. This is the first Genfest to be held outside Europe.

The Manila Genfest has at its theme: 'Beyond All Borders', that aims to allow young people to experience crossing cultures and traditions, ...

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Westminster: ParliaMentors graduation ceremony

A graduation ceremony was held in Portcullis House Westminster, on Friday for university students from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures who have completed the Faith & Belief Forum's ParliaMentors leadership and social change programme.

Since its inception in 2007 the ParliaMentors programme has empowered over 450 young people by linking university students with MP mentors. T...

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Young Scots in live link-up with Syrian students

More than 700 young people in Scotland had a live link-up with students in the Syrian city of Aleppo at the climax of a youth rally organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. The students representing 22 schools from across Scotland had face-to-face time with students from the Christian Catechism Centre, which is made up of young people from across Aleppo, supported by ACN. ...

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Vatican presents document for Youth Synod

The 'Instrumentum Laboris' of the Synod of Bishops on young people scheduled for later this year, was released at a press conference in the Vatican on 19 June.

The 'Instrumentum Laboris' or the working document of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on youth, scheduled from October 3-28 in the Vatican, has three main sections; recognizing, interpreting and choosing with regard to vocation in li...

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Young Catholics more devout, but more stressed

10,000 young people hold up their mobiles at Flame 2017,  Wembley Arena - image ICN

In advance of Pope Francis' Synod on Youth this autumn, research released today highlights shifting dynamics in the faith and life of Catholic young adults in England and Wales. The results show a decrease in agnosticism and atheism of seven percentage points over an eight year period (from 49% in 2009 to 42% in 2017) and an increase in those attending Mass regularly* of 11 percentage points (f...

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Pope advises young Argentinians to read Gospel every day

In a video message to the Second National Youth Meeting in Rosario, Argentina, which concluded yesterday, Pope Francis invited young people to read the Gospel for at least two minutes a day, and reflected on presence, communion, and mission. Pope Francis asked: "How many of you read the Gospel for two minutes every day?" - and invited young people to carry a small book of the Gospels...

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Join the Million Minutes' Team

Million Minutes is recruiting for an 'Engagement Officer'. We're a young, dynamic organisation working to see that every young person is given a voice and is using it to make a difference in the world. Are you ready to join us? Launched in 2011 with the support of Delia Smith, Margaret Mizen, and Abbot Christopher Jamison our mission is to enable young people to be the di...

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HCPT Easter Pilgrimage 2018 - 'You are special'

Why do we do it? I find myself asking this after my twentieth year spending Easter Week in Lourdes as a helper with HCPT. Mind you, young first-timers were equally exhausted, nodding off on the flight home.

Well for me, its to do with a faith community experience, highlighting the links between love of God and love of neighbour, particularly children who are disabled and disadvantaged. Tr...

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Young people write meditations for Good Friday at Colosseum

The meditations for the 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum were released on Saturday by the Vatican, focusing on the experiences and challenges facing young people today.

This year they have been written by a group of young people coordinated by Professor Andrea Monda.

It was Pope Francis' idea to ask young people to write the meditations, in a year in which th...

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