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Fear is the number one obstacle for young people discerning religious vocations, says Sr. Helena Burns. 

Speaking Out: Cross much more than fashion item

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Has the symbol of the cross lost its relevance in today’s world?

Making a new start at summer camp

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Maria Pham has been going to summer camp with St. Thomas Thiện’s chapter of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement for 11 years, but she couldn’t help feeling a little like a rookie this year.

Speaking Out: Stayed tuned to world around you

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When school let out in June, all my teachers could talk about was, “Don’t waste your summer” and “keep up with the world around you.” But the most notable thing I heard on the final day of class came from a friend. “It sucks, but the sucky things in life don’t stop just because we’re out (of school).” 

Speaking Out: Lessons from the Jonas Brothers

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I sat down one night and watched the Jonas Brothers documentary entitled Chasing Happiness. I loved every second. My 15-year-old self was thrilled and I was honestly so impressed by how these three young men completely opened up in a way that was new to their audience (i.e. going from Disney Channel to truth-telling drinking games).

YSN Summer Reads 2019

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Summer is here which means the busyness of the school year is gone. It’s the perfect time to unplug from the real world and curl up with a good book. That’s why The Catholic Register and Youth Speak News have put together a list of faith-based youth titles that we think young book lovers will love.

Speaking Out: Still learning from my Camino

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When people find out that I’ve walked the Camino Portugués across Europe, I am often asked: What made you want to do it? When I take a moment to reflect, I cannot think of anything specific. 

Speaking Out: Making the most of high school

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“Take a risk, get involved, be committed!” Four years later and I finally understand the importance of my high school motto. 

Fr. Favin ministered to the best of both worlds

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Fresh from his ordination into the priesthood in 2017, Fr. Favin Alemão found himself at the centre of what seemed to be two different worlds: as associate pastor at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica and minister to the Ryerson University Catholic Students Association. 

Speaking Out: The purpose of pilgrimages

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This past March Break, I found myself as a pilgrim visiting amazing places like Barcelona, Assisi, Siena and the Vatican. It was part of a school trip that Chaminade College School organized for me and 16 of my fellow classmates and it was an amazing life experience. 

Sharing pints with priests

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Madeline Dawson knew she could count on the Jesuits to throw a great party.