Youth Speak News

TORONTO - It is halfway through second period and I’m lying on my classroom floor, away from all of the windows and doors, alongside other classmates. The room is silent. Luckily, this is just a practice lockdown drill that schools must go through in case of an emergency.

Thirty-three candles for 33 dead

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Thirty-three candles with iconic images of Christ wrapped around them were spread throughout the University of Toronto’s Newman Centre chapel, commemorating the 33 students and professors who died April 16 at Virginia Tech.

M is for media month in May

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{mosimage}TORONTO - What is the role of faith in the media? Do media sustain or stunt faith? Where is faith-related material located online? These are a few of the questions Vanessa Nicholas and Sr. Therese Meunier, CSJ, have fielded over the past year.

What is chastity?

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Editor’s Note: Our student interns asked employees of the archdiocese of Toronto’s Catholic Pastoral Centre how they define chastity and how  they teach it to their children. 

The challenge with chastity

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TORONTO - Jacek Kowal slides Christopher West’s Theology of the Body into his CD player when he drives from Ottawa to visit his girlfriend Marlena Hardy in Toronto.

World Youth Day organizers tap into Toronto leaders’ experience

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TORONTO - The organizers for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia, have discovered that the Toronto experience holds some valuable lessons. As the officials from Down Under who were in town just before Easter learned, the two cities have a lot in common.

Mississauga teen wins American essay contest

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Nishaat Hussainbhoy understands the value of a good Catholic education after having grown up in the United Arab Emirates, a predominately Muslim country with limited freedom of expression.  

New Orleans welcomes Canadian students’ help

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AJAX, Ont. - Broken doors and smashed windows, rusted paint and water-stained walls are just a few of the images etched into 15-year-old Matthew Provenzano’s memory of what Hurricane Katrina left in her wake.

Nova Scotia youth reaches for the stars

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Imagine getting the chance to study astronomy at the Vatican Observatory. It may seem hard to do, but it isn’t so hard for Nathan Deg, whose dreams have recently become a reality.

Taizé time in Quebec

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MONTREAL, Que. - Laura Hughes walked into a Taizé prayer session by accident and has been hooked ever since.

Shalom Catholic Community is recognized by Vatican

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TORONTO - Three years ago Larissa Olinda moved to Toronto to open the first Canadian chapter of the Shalom Catholic Community. Within the year two other missionaries, Reimar Barata and Emanuela Gomes, followed.