Youth Speak News

Amid a backdrop of the historical Christian village of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq, Athra Kado passionately talked about protecting his Assyrian people as a soldier of the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit.

Speaking Out: My mission trip opened my eyes


When I saw houses that were falling apart and children walking around with tattered clothing, my heart sank. I’d seen pictures of third-world countries and had heard stories of the less fortunate, but my eyes were opened when I stepped into this life for a week.

Local environmental conference turns into nationwide call to action


What started out as a local conference for Toronto students to help save polar regions has escalated into a nationwide call to action.

Speaking Out: St. Patrick among my holy heroes


My parents gave me the name Patrick after St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Lift Jesus Higher rally turns 25


Seven years ago, David Patterson attended his first Lift Jesus Higher rally. It changed his life.

Speaking Out: Got a minute? Let’s use it wisely


There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. Are we using this time wisely?

Archdiocese of Toronto calls youth to authentic love


Matt Fradd is challenging hundreds of youth in the Archdiocese of Toronto to seek authentic love.

Speaking Out: Lent is a time to reflect and renew


Despite the fasting and the receiving of ashes ceremony that is common to every Catholic on Ash Wednesday, I have always found this day of solemnity to be a very personal experience.

Speaking Out: Feminine ‘genius’ is alive and well in the Church


Bigoted. Patriarchal. Sexist.

We’ve all heard the way some people talk about the Catholic Church — in our schools, at work, in the mainstream media or on the Internet. They say it’s an ancient institution, stuck in the past, left behind by modern progress in women’s rights.

Ottawa teen now inspires others to take faith in action


For Thomas Lindale, going on a mission trip to India with Free the Children (now WE Charity) was really about being God’s light in the world.

Look not with pride but with the love of God


The following is Jessica Nguyen’s winning essay for the 2017 Friars’ Student Writing Awards contest:

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a reminder of yet another huge division in Christianity.