Youth Ministry

Bishops say young people need to be heard, not arrogantly lectured

The Catholic Church needs to communicate the beauty and intelligence of faith to young men and women without resorting to condescending and aggressive methods, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles told members of the Synod of Bishops.
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Pope asks bishops, young people to drop their prejudices as synod begins

Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on "young people, the faith and vocational discernment."
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Be lifeline of hope for youth alienated from church, pope tells synod

Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by "prophets of doom," but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today's young people yearn.
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Riverdance to perform for Pope Francis during World Meeting of Families

The internationally acclaimed Irish dance troupe Riverdance will be among those performing for Pope Francis at the August World Meeting of Families in Dublin, organizers said July 19.
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In Panama, world’s indigenous young people to meet before World Youth Day

More than 1,000 young pilgrims will share their cultures, joys and struggles at a gathering of indigenous youth in a small town in Panama just before World Youth Day in January.
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Baltimore Archdiocese hosts middle school youth day

Middle-schoolers from around the Archdiocese of Baltimore gather at St. Louis School in Clarksville May 12 for the archdiocese’s first-ever youth day geared to young adolescents.
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Sainthood candidate Father Flanagan inspires new children’s book

The book's title was inspired by the term Father Flanagan used to address children in his care. It also provides opportunities for families to learn together.
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Frederick County youth leads through service, faith

Knowing Christ personally and striving to do the things that bring him closer to Christ while also drawing others into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
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Pope to young people: Break free from fear, fake online personas

It's time to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display, Pope Francis told young people.
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Baltimore pilgrims to NCYC find a young church alive and well

The Archdiocese of Baltimore was well represented at the national youth gathering Nov. 16-18, with nearly 250 people from 27 parishes traveling to the event.
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The Least Religious Generation in U.S. History: A Reflection on Jean Twenge’s “iGen”

As late as 2004, 84 percent of young adults said that they regularly prayed; by 2016, fully one fourth of that same age cohort said that they never pray.
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Beloved youth minister remembered at O’Dwyer Retreat House

As Beth Rausch joined other music ministers in singing “Welcome Home,” friends and family gathered Oct. 20 at the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks to honor Rausch’s father, Mark Pacione, in a special way.
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