Youth Speak News

As a six-year-old, I always had trouble understanding why I could not have my favourite Mexican candy before dinner. I thought it was unjust that I was not allowed to satisfy my hunger in a manner I saw fit. I felt my freedom was constantly restricted and that my parents did not want me to be a happy child. Back then I believed freedom was doing whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted; therefore I wanted to be free and have my candy.

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 loving memory of Dad

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After his long battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, my father, Robert Paul Murphy, passed from this world on Holy Saturday, April 7.

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.

Spring into summer

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Spring fever always seems to hit me really hard. When the sun starts to shine a little brighter and the snow starts to melt, I can’t help but get excited. Actually seeing my deck again and not a blanket of white is encouraging each time I look out the window. I love it when I can walk outside without gigantic boots and wear just a light jacket instead of a huge parka. It always makes me smile to feel the sun’s warmth on my face and not have to cover it up with a scarf. I just love spring!

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.