Youth Speak News

Victoria Day, which falls on May 22 this year, is much beloved by Canadians, though we suspect the reasons have less to do with paying tribute to the British monarch than enjoying its accompanying long weekend.

Documentary 'Open Bethlehem' turns into mission for peace

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Finding peace in the birthplace of Christ has been an elusive mission, but one that Leila Sansour has taken on with determined vigour through her documentary film Open Bethlehem.

Speaking Out: Philippines' Church keeps faith in face of injustice

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Okay din si Duterte! (Duterte is alright!),” my dad said in approval. Gathered at the dinner table, talk of the boorish Filipino president peppered our family meal.

Speaking Out: How to respond to opposition to Church teaching

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Recently, a friend of mine told me about a conversation she had with a classmate at college. To make a long story short, the topic of abortion came up and once this classmate realized my friend was pro-life, she started to get angry.

Youth challenged to learn more about crisis in Syria

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A former Syrian refugee challenged high school students to become more involved in the world by shocking them with stories of the harsh realities of life in a refugee camp.

Digital devices are competing with parents, says counsellor

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Digital devices are competing with parents in forming relationships with their children, says a parenting expert.

Speaking Out: Bring out the ‘Catholic’ in Catholic education

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I am a product of the Catholic education system and if you were to ask me what I learned in high school I would tell you I didn’t learn enough about my faith.

Toronto archdiocese tries to keep up with demand for youth ministers

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TORONTO – Youth ministers are in demand at the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Office of Catholic Youth is trying to keep up.

Speaking Out: Climate change is a moral crisis

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I am almost completely removed from nature in my daily life. I don’t have to worry about where my water is coming from and the food I eat is easily accessible at the supermarket. My life, and the lives of my family and friends, are not in any immediate danger because of global warming.

Brampton's St. Anthony’s youth help lead outdoor Stations of the Cross

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Without the suffering and bloodshed of the Passion of Christ, we could not receive His mercy and forgiveness. For the last 27 years, St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Brampton, Ont., has put on a outdoor Stations of the Cross throughout the city.

Speaking Out: Of science and miracles

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He is risen! Truly, He is risen! We have just begun our celebration of the most incredible miracle of all time — the miracle of Easter.