Youth Speak News

VivianaAustudillo_Clavijo.jpgTORONTO - Within the last few months 17-year-old student Viviana Astudillo-Clavijo of Loretto College School in Toronto has dined with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and mingled with Governor General Michaelle Jean. Her passion for art and her efforts to help the community won Astudillo-Clavijo the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case (Youth Award) on Oct. 17.

I love being a Catholic

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I love being Catholic. To say so reminds me that I have received the best gift ever given.

Latin Mass appeals to youth

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latin_missal.jpgOTTAWA - Catholics who attend Mass in Latin are not merely those who can remember it since before it was discontinued after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

Youth inspire Sr. Sue Moran

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SisterSueMoran.jpgTORONTO - Call her the Mother Teresa of Canada. However, when addressed by this title, Sr. Susan Moran, or Sue as she is more affectionately known, protests saying that she is far too little to be compared to such a great person. This is just one indication of the humility with which Moran carries herself.

The reality behind the rhetoric

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Often when I tell people about my pro-life position I am accused of being anti-women. So just what is it about the pro-life position that makes its supporters anti-women? After all, the pro-life movement is founded upon women. What would detractors say to that? Could it be possible to reconcile both regard for fetal rights and women’s rights? Is it necessary for women’s rights to supersede that of the unborn child in order to be sympathetic and compassionate to women?

Retreat draws Maritime youth

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skit.jpgAMHERST, N.S. - Going to a Raising up an Army youth retreat is a typical activity for cousins Karyn and Hannah Brown, students at Three Oaks Senior High in Summerside, P.E.I. They have each attended six retreats, the most recent one on Oct. 19-21 at Between the Hearts Renewal Centre in Amherst, N.S.

Miming the mining message

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Theatre2.jpgTORONTO - Student actors took to the streets in Toronto, Ottawa, Peterborough and Edmonton in late October and early November to raise awareness about the need to regulate Canadian mining practices abroad.

Far away, close at heart

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For almost a year officially now, I’ve been in a long-distance relationship and I thank God everyday for this blessing.

Bishop Henry tells youth they are ‘special’

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{mosimage}CALGARY - The first memory I have of Bishop Frederick Henry was my Confirmation in Grade 6.  He cupped each child’s face in his hands and said, “You are special.”

Victory over darkness

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Hindus, Sikhs and Jains in India and worldwide will celebrate Deepavali or Diwali on Nov. 9. This auspicious day known as “the festival of light” has a different significance for each faith tradition and geographical area in which it is celebrated, but the commonality that binds all Diwali celebrations is the theme of light.

Youth minister leads teens closer to Christ

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DARTMOUTH, N.S. - At a time when teen violence throughout the Halifax region consistently makes the headlines, one man works hard to bring teens closer to Christ, one at a time.