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Every Tuesday evening at 10 p.m., between 800 and 900 students converge on the historic St. Joseph’s Chapel at Lille Catholic University for a candlelight Mass.

‘Little miracle of Lille’: How a candlelight Mass gathers hundreds of young people every week in France

Apr 27, 2024

By Solène Tadié

“The good makes no noise,” St. Francis de Sales would say of Lille’s candlelight Mass.  Read more

Ryan Realbuto, who enjoyed his time with Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps, is remembered for his good heart. ()

Catholic volunteer killed on way home from adoration was ‘old soul’

Jan 24, 2024

By Matt McDonald

Ryan Realbuto, 23, was shot and killed in an attempted robbery on Jan. 18 while walking home from a Holy... Read more

Participants in the 2023 National Youth Pilgrimage to the Christ the King statue high atop Cubilete in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

Young people to make pilgrimage to Christ the King shrine for religious freedom in Mexico

Jan 3, 2024

By Diego López Colín

With the theme “We ask for citizen participation, we demand religious freedom,” thousands of young Catholics are preparing to make... Read more

Maximiliano Pavillaux walks in the mud to reach the parish for confirmation on Nov. 11, 2023. / The child receives the recognition of Pope Francis from Bishop Mauricio Landra, the auxiliary bishop of Mercedes-Luján, Argentina.

Boy walks 7 miles on muddy roads to receive confirmation, gets a blessing from the pope

Dec 5, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The night before confirmation, the boy’s parents began to worry because the family vehicles were not going to make it... Read more

YDisciple is a streaming project aimed at providing training resources for adults and teaching materials for youth. It announced in November 2023 it is partnering with the Juan Diego Network to adapt the YDisciple project to the Spanish language and the needs of Latino culture.

NET Ministries launches outreach to U.S. Hispanic youth

Nov 30, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

According to a Pew Research study, 60% of Catholics under the age of 18 in the United States are Hispanic. Read more

Pope Francis holds a puzzle cube during his meeting with young people at a sports arena in Budapest, Hungary, on April 29, 2023.

TEXT: ‘Don’t be couch potatoes!’ Pope Francis urges youth

Apr 29, 2023

By Pope Francis

“Life is real, not virtual. It does not take place on a screen, but in the world!” Pope Francis said... Read more

Pope Francis met with participants in the Syro-Malabar Youth Leaders Conference on June 18, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Virgin Mary teaches us ‘to live eucharistically’

Jun 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Blessed Virgin Mary never allowed herself to be “paralyzed by pride or fear,” the pope told young Catholics from... Read more


22,000 young people pray for peace at Catholic festival in Poland

Jun 6, 2022

By Justyna Galant

Young Ukrainians took part in the Lednica 2000 meeting on June 4. Read more

Carlo Acutis’ tomb is opened for public veneration in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 1, 2020. Photos courtesy of Assisi diocese.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb permanently reopened for public viewing

Jun 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Visitors to Assisi can once again see the first millennial to be beatified in the Catholic Church, dressed in jeans... Read more

Pope Francis meets with young people at St. Dionysius School of the Ursuline Sisters in Maroussi, Athens, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis to youth in Greece: Don’t be ‘prisoners of the cell phone’

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope’s address concluded his three-day visit to Greece. Read more

Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Poland, July 2016.

Pope Francis to Medjugorje youth festival: Christ frees us ‘from the seduction of idols’

Aug 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Have the courage to live your youth by entrusting yourselves to the Lord and setting out on a journey with... Read more

From left to right: Jennifer Baugh, executive director of Young Catholic Professionals; Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas; Dina Dwyer-Owens, former CEO & chairwoman of Neighborly; Jonathan Roumie, actor on 'The Chosen' online series.

Young Catholic Professionals organization to launch five new chapters

Jul 8, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The non-profit organization Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) is expanding, with five more chapters around the country slated to launch by... Read more

Harvard Memorial Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Harvard Catholic Center engages intellectual tradition with new forum

Jun 9, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Harvard Catholic Center is in its first year of launching an initiative to engage the university, academic professions, and... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Fargo.

Catholic teen seeks to inspire neighborhood with Marian sidewalk art

May 7, 2020

By Perry West

A young Catholic artist has drawn an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on her parents' driveway bringing religious art... Read more

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New app aims to help young Catholics build community

Feb 1, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The app, called Koin, is named after the Greek word Koinonia, which means “Christian communion.” Users will be able to... Read more

Archbishop Bernard Hebda greets students after the Mass of the Holy Spirit Oct. 10 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Thousands of Catholic students gather for Mass and winter coat drive in Minnesota

Oct 11, 2018

Thousands of young Catholic students gathered for Mass, music, and a winter clothing drive on Wednesday morning in a stadium... Read more

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Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it

Dec 17, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age – sometimes before the age of 10 – and their... Read more

New website and tv commercials target millennial Catholics

Jul 8, 2016

Millennials. They’re the smartphone-loving group of 18 to 34 year-olds who belong to the selfie generation, known for their pronounced... Read more

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

Nov 12, 2014

By Matt Hadro

While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an... Read more

Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

Adelaide to host Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015

Aug 27, 2014

The Australian bishops have announced that next year's national Catholic youth festival will be held in Adelaide, the capital of... Read more