Youth Speak News

Maybe I should get a phone. Almost everyone I know has a phone, but at the age of 17, I’ve never had one. At first it was because of my parents. Now that they have given me the opportunity to have a phone, I’ve been weighing the possibility.

Youth Speak News Team 2016-2017

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The Catholic Register is pleased to introduce our new Youth Speak News team for 2016-2017. These 12 young people were selected from a very qualified number of applicants to The Register’s successful YSN program.

Fr. Jacques Hamel: a model of peace

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias is encouraging his clergy in the Archdiocese of Mumbai to imitate the recently slain priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel. The French priest was brutally killed by two men proclaiming loyalty to the Islamic State on July 26.

My spiritual revival in Poland

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In the short two weeks I spent in Poland for WYD, I underwent a profound spiritual revival, one which I had been searching for over the last few years.

Newman Centre welcomes Fr. Peter Turrone as director

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TORONTO – In a way, it’s like Fr. Peter Turrone is coming home. As a student at the University of Toronto, Turrone saw the Newman Centre Catholic Chaplaincy as a second home, a spiritual oasis. Now, as he takes up his new position as Newman’s executive director and pastor, he is excited for the opportunity to serve the community that gave him so much.

Confessions of a first-time pilgrim

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I have begun my very first major pilgrimage. On July 20, I’ll board a flight to Warsaw, Poland, where for the following 12 days I’ll join thousands of others partaking in cultural and religious events at World Youth Day, created more than 30 years ago by St. John Paul II. This year’s event is being held in his homeland, Krakow, where he was archbishop.

Pray when the world hates you

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In the UK, a Catholic teenager is suing his former employer and co-workers for religious aggravated assault. The teenager claims he was subjected to a “mock crucifixion,” tying him from a makeshift wooden cross. The court case addresses other indidents in which his co-workers drew crosses and phallic symbols all over the teenager’s body with permanent marker, setting spray deodorant aflame near his head and giving him a forcible wedgie that caused cuts and bruises.

Interfaith Ramadan dinner builds bonds

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TORONTO – During Ramadan, Muslims across the globe share the Iftar meal each evening. Iftar allows Muslims to physically replenish the body’s energy after fasting from dawn until dusk and to mentally reflect on the beauty and sacrifice of their faith.

YSN Reads: 2016 Summer Reading List (Part 2)

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The Catholic Register and the Youth Speak News team have put together a list of faith-based youth titles that we think young booklovers might enjoy for their summer reading. In the second instalment of the series, we feature some action-packed reads alongside unique resource companions for a young reader’s journey in faith.

In honour of St. Jean Baptiste

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St. John the Baptist, the Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan, is celebrated annually in Quebec on his feast day, June 24. It’s a national holiday often accompanied by different Quebecois traditions. 

Video exhibit sparks conversation about indigenous history and culture

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TORONTO – Students from Toronto’s Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School are starting an online conversation to share their views of Canada’s First Nations.