You know an app must be right when Pope Francis gives it his official blessing. 

Speaking Out: Give young people the benefit of doubt

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There is a misconception that teenagers will always jump at an opportunity to do wrong. This is based on the stereotype that teens are up to no good. 

Speaking Out: The highs and lows of my faith

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I have left the Church many times, but now I can say with certainty that I will remain with the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church for the rest of my life.

Speaking Out: Can the institutional church speak to the unique way I experience God?

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I grew up far away from my current home in Vancouver. My parents, Mauro and Gertrude Dsouza, made their home in Bangalore, India, and my childhood was filled with storybooks, swimming pools, piano classes and ballet lessons. Not to forget about school! 

Speaking Out: Living my pro-life identity

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“Hi, my name is Gabriela Pariseau and I am an American pro-life Catholic.”

Speaking Out: Staying faithful amidst a crisis

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Scrolling through my Facebook the past two months as the terrible scandals in the Catholic Church unraveled, my news feed was filled with commentary both disturbing and sad.

Speaking Out: The Pope, social media and me

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In my short lifetime, I have already seen three popes preside as the head of our Church. 

Speaking out: Catholic studies worth the effort

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Whenever someone asks me what I study in school, my heart always sinks a bit. 

Speaking out: Thank God for my community

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Two years ago, I started volunteering at my church’s youth group. My role was to teach the students, mentor them and listen to them. 

Speaking Out: I want to be a prime minister

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When I was five and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be the first female prime minister of Canada. 

Speaking out: YSN helped me grow in faith

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This summer is a time of change in my life as I move from high school to university. It is also the end of my time as a Youth Speak News reporter. As I begin my new journey in life, it it a good time to reflect on what this past year has meant to me.