Youth Speak News

{mosimage}VICTORIA, B.C. - After a months-long battle and three hearings, Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) is now part of a long list of pro-life clubs that has been denied funding — this time by the University of Victoria Student Society.

YPY joins a list of “contested” clubs, as the Canadian Federation of Students’ support for student governments against “anti-choice” clubs has resulted in the loss of status or funding for student pro-life groups at Capilano College, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Lakehead University and Carleton University over the past year

Third World 'Just Us'

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{mosimage}As the economic crisis hits the developed world, it’s easy to forget that other countries continue to struggle with poverty.

But Marion Sandilands, Asia program officer of CHF, formerly Canadian Hunger Foundation, says it’s just as important to remember that a billion people live on one dollar a day.

Learning the tools of the trade

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Catholic high school students are being offered a chance to learn the special tools of journalism in a day-long workshop sponsored by The Catholic Register.

The third annual Student Journalism Conference and Workshop will take place Nov. 29 at Brebeuf College School, 211 Steeles Ave. E. It will feature keynote speaker Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., along with a group of professional journalists to offer training in all aspects of publishing a newspaper.

20 years of mission for Catholic Christian Outreach

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Twenty years ago, one young man had a vision to evangelize other youth with the simple and clear Gospel message.

André Regnier, then a recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, answered what he believes was God’s call to start a university student movement, known today as Catholic Christian Outreach, with his wife Angèle. Although it began with a few students sharing the basics of the Gospel, as it celebrates this milestone year, the Regnier’s movement continues to touch the lives of nearly a thousand students across the country through weekly faith studies, Catholic prayer or social events and yearly mission projects in Canada and abroad.

Givemeaning.com lends helping hand to charities

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{mosimage}CALGARY - Charities, though they try to keep administrative costs down, must pay the bills. Mail-outs, phone calls, advertisements and more all cost money.

This is why Tom Williams created Givemeaning.com, a web site that supports grassroots causes, non-profit organizations and charities by giving them the means to fund-raise online at no cost.

Me to We rally draws 8,000

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{mosimage}TORONTO - It was the mother of all pep rallies. Eight thousand tweens and teens crammed into Ricoh Stadium on Toronto’s waterfront Oct. 17, not to stoke school spirit but to embolden young people to go out and try to make the world a better place.

A tall order, no matter how old or young you are. But if the energy level of these young people is any indication, they appear, thankfully, to be up to the task.

Youth ministry: grasping the challenge

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{mosimage}TORONTO - As a leader in Catholic youth ministry for nine years, Melissa Delaney knows the challenges of the trade firsthand.

Now a part-time youth minister at Holy Redeemer parish in Kanata, Ont., Delaney says one of the nagging issues for people working with youth has always been getting across the importance of the ministry.

Altar servers honoured

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{mosimage}TORONTO - More than 600 people attended the 25th Cardinal Carter Altar Server Awards ceremony and Mass at St. Paul’s Basilica on Oct. 11.

It was the first time that the ceremony, sponsored by the Serra Clubs of Toronto, was held outside St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Private school to move into rectory

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{mosimage}SAINT JOHN, N.B. - After five successful years, Divine Mercy Catholic School in Saint John is getting ready to move its small family of 80 students into a much-needed larger home in the renovated rectory of St. Peter’s Church.

In 2000, a group of Catholic families decided to form a faith-based private school for their children. There was not a single private Catholic school in all of New Brunswick at the time, and even now Divine Mercy is only one of two in the province.

Jesus action figure mocks Christians

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{mosimage}VICTORIA, B.C. - A Jesus Christ action figure sold at Camosun College’s bookstore is generating mixed reaction among students and members of the Victoria community.

While the bookstore insists its intention is to educate and not to take a religious or political stance, some students say that regardless of intention, the product is inappropriate in a college context.

Peddling to the Pope

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{mosimage}Months before thousands of youth landed in Sydney, Australia, for World Youth Day in July, two Canadians were already peddling their way to the Pope.

Frank Callaghan, 20, and Brendan Quigley, 19, from Peterborough, Ont., boarded their bicycles May 17 to begin a 50-day pilgrimage of about 4,300 km from Perth to Sydney.