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The following is Ruthann J. Lemonius’s second place essay for the 2017 Friars’ Student Writing Awards contest:

By Google’s definition, reconciliation is “the restoration of friendly relations.” But because of the topic, the second definition seemed more fitting: “the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.”

They will know we are Christians by our love

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The following is Sabrina Quartarone’s third place essay for the 2017 Friars’ Student Writing Awards contest:

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died”— 2 Corinthians 5:14. What does this verse mean and how does it relate to Christian reconciliation?

Youth volunteers energize Tijuana migrant shelters

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When Fr. Michael Pace first arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, he couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed.

Speaking Out: Quebec mosque shooting is an attack on us all

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On Sunday, Jan. 29, just as I was getting ready to leave church after an evening Mass, a gunman opened fire on a mosque in Quebec City, killing six people and injuring many more shortly after the end of their evening prayers.

Friar’s essay winners bring message of unity

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Writing on the theme of reconciliation proved to be an education for some of the entrants to the Friars’ Student Writing Awards — including the winner.

Controversy overshadows film’s message of loyalty and service

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I was feeling a tad hypocritical about A Dog’s Purpose. For one, I’m not really a dog person and for another, this movie has been the subject of much controversy regarding the treatment of its canine stars.

Speaking Out: The Church’s future counts on young people

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In general, I’m a pretty hopeful person about the future of the Church, even more so with the announcement of the theme for next year’s Synod of Bishops.

Calling aspiring writers to the Youth Speak News team

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Are you curious about the world around you?

Would you like to interview interesting people?

Do you want to enrich your faith?

Do you like to write?

The day I met the Pope

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Not many people can say that they’ve met Pope Francis, but I can.

Speaking Out: Remembering traditions of my heritage and the Church

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Happy New Year! Growing up in Canada, I had a largely typical North American childhood experience, but it was also infused with the traditions of my Chinese heritage.

How youth discover their faith through music

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From the moment Ryan Hermack wakes up in the morning to the moment before he goes to sleep at night, his Spotify playlist shuffles through hundreds of Christian praise music.