Youth Speak News

{mosimage}TORONTO - At the ripe old age of seven Caroline D’ Souza penned her first two stories and sold them to family and friends to raise funds for needy children in India.

Farm serves disadvantaged families

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OTTAWA - Alanna Dalton attributes her close relationship with God to her time spent at Waupoos Farm 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa.

International youth movement meets in Ottawa

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{mosimage}TORONTO - This July 170 youth from 10 countries will convene at Saint Paul University in Ottawa for a week-long Youth Teams of Our Lady international meeting. This is a first for Canada.

In the end only kindness matters

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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.