Youth Speak News

In a world offering Canadian youth an abundance of choice, it’s up to religious institutions to help the future leaders of society characterize what constitutes a great choice, says sociologist Joel Thiessen.

Speaking Out: Seeking spring rejuvenation

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Spring in northwestern Ontario arrived late this year, with new leaves not even open at the Victoria Day long weekend. Despite this, there are many signs that spring is persevering. I began a small garden plot in a tree-sheltered nook in our yard, and I’m planning to plant wildflowers and other floral specimens later.

Alpha Canada continues to offer gateway to faith

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Alpha evangelistic courses have been engaging both young and old in what it means to be Christian for over 40 years — and a pandemic wasn’t about to stop that mission.

Speaking Out: Reclaiming time during pandemic

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It has been over two months since the enacting of shelter-in-place and social distancing orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has forced us into new circumstances, going forward in an uncharted “new normal.”

NET Ministries marches on

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Before COVID-19 essentially shut the world down in the middle of March, the young adult missionaries who serve National Evangelization Teams (NET) Canada were fully immersed in sharing the message of God’s love with Catholic youth at live retreats across the country.

Speaking Out: Confronting doubt grows your faith

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Doubt in your religious beliefs is that uncomfortable topic no one wants to broach. So … let’s talk about it!

Steubenville has to wait

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The first week of July was shaping up to be a big one in the life of Arnold Cordova — then along came the COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaking Out: Times demand holy social action

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“In difficult situations, we are called to be holy,” said Cardinal Thomas Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto, during his homily on April 28.

Catholic students coping with a new landscape

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Saying goodbye to her friends and her school halfway through the second term was the last thing that 15-year-old Kaylyn Keays expected.

Speaking Out: A chance for a spiritual reset

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Nearly a year ago, I began physical therapy for a medical condition. The need for it came at a difficult time as I was excited about starting a new job and moving out for the first time.

Crisis creates opportunity

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CALGARY -- The Calgary-based charity Access52 was fully immersed in providing teens, parents and teachers from Catholic and public schools with live motivational events when the COVID-19 pandemic slammed the doors shut on its audience.