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Pope to teens: There isn't a phone app for love and happiness

Apr 24, 2016 - 07:04 am .- Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.  

Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  

Pope's message to youth: have courage to swim against the tide

Jan 14, 2016 - 05:47 am .- Pope Francis has sent a special message to the youth who will participate in the Jubilee of Boys and Girls in April, telling them the Holy Year is an opportunity to grow in holiness and mercy, so that they become Christians capable of making courageous decisions.

Young people are smoking more pot than ever – and why that's a bad thing

Dec 28, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- When Amendment 64 legalized the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 in Colorado, Dr. Christopher Thurstone’s work became even more complex.

Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Dec 2, 2015 - 07:16 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future.

Pope to Ugandan youth: You are a people of martyrs

Nov 28, 2015 - 08:33 am .- On his last day in Uganda, Pope Francis heard testimonies of suffering from young people and praised Ugandan’s faith, which he said comes from the martyrs who have come before them.

What was JPII's secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Oct 7, 2015 - 03:16 am .- Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person.  

Pope Francis unplugged: The Holy Father speaks from the heart to young Cubans

Sep 20, 2015 - 07:47 pm .- Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to him in Cuba on Sunday evening.

Full Text of Pope Francis' interview with Portuguese radio station

Sep 14, 2015 - 04:40 am .- In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current refugee crisis, youth unemployment and how often the he goes to confession.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Jun 22, 2015 - 02:54 pm .- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true.  

A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

Jun 21, 2015 - 06:49 pm .- A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Mar 25, 2015 - 12:51 am .- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country.

Tech-savvy Pope shares laughter, advice with special needs kids

Feb 5, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- Pope Francis virtually joined seven young people with disabilities and special needs in his second Google Hangout as pontiff, sharing jokes, advice and encouragement.

Millennials' pro-life commitment wows bishops

Jan 26, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- Both Roman and Orthodox Catholic bishops were stirred by the presence of the Millennial generation at the 2015 March for Life.  

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014 - 02:05 am .- Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds to share in the “common language” of sports.  

Agree to disagree: Why young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

Nov 12, 2014 - 02:56 am .- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found.

Beyond economics, youth unemployment a 'problem of dignity,' Pope says

Oct 25, 2014 - 09:20 am .- Pope Francis has sent a message to young people affected by the “culture of waste,” calling on them to spread the hope of the Gospel amid these times of uncertainty.  

We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

Oct 5, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- It always bothered Grace Raun when she heard her college classmates saying “nobody waits anymore” for marriage, because she knew it wasn’t true.    

Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Sep 18, 2014 - 09:29 pm .- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges.  

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