Youth Speak News

From Oct. 3-28, our YSN reporting team followed the discussions taking place in Rome at the Synod of Bishops on young people. Below, a few members from across the country share their own thoughts. 


Fr. Fogarty dinner honours Catholic education pioneer

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Frank Clifford based his life on three things: faith, family and friends. 

Speaking Out: Give young people the benefit of doubt

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There is a misconception that teenagers will always jump at an opportunity to do wrong. This is based on the stereotype that teens are up to no good. 

Speaking Out: The highs and lows of my faith

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I have left the Church many times, but now I can say with certainty that I will remain with the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church for the rest of my life.

Youth looking for leaders to steer the right course

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VATICAN – The Catholic Church must be a place of justice and mercy, and its members must be catalysts for change, some young observers have told the Synod of Bishops.

Toronto attracts hundreds with first young adults conference

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Khristine Florend is ready to be a true witness to her faith after attending Toronto’s first-ever young adult conference.

Speaking Out: Can the institutional church speak to the unique way I experience God?

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I grew up far away from my current home in Vancouver. My parents, Mauro and Gertrude Dsouza, made their home in Bangalore, India, and my childhood was filled with storybooks, swimming pools, piano classes and ballet lessons. Not to forget about school! 

Speaking Out: Living my pro-life identity

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“Hi, my name is Gabriela Pariseau and I am an American pro-life Catholic.”

St. Catharines takes up youth ministry momentum

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ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – It’s a fascinating time to be a young Catholic.

Speaking Out: Staying faithful amidst a crisis

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Scrolling through my Facebook the past two months as the terrible scandals in the Catholic Church unraveled, my news feed was filled with commentary both disturbing and sad.