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Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics: Confession is the ‘sacrament of joy’

Sep 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia. Read more

Young people hold the World Youth Day cross in Panama in January 2019.

World Youth Day cross given to Portuguese youth ahead of international gathering

Nov 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis offered Mass for the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, and afterward oversaw the traditional passing of... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis says Blessed Carlo Acutis is a model for young people to put God first

Oct 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis provides a witness for young people that true happiness... Read more

The Church of St. James in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pope Francis tells youth at Medjugorje: be inspired by the Virgin Mary

Aug 2, 2020

Pope Francis has urged young people gathered in Medjugorje to imitate the Virgin Mary by abandoning themselves to God.  Read more

Archbishop Nelson Perez. Courtesy photo.

US bishops launch year-long dialogue with young Catholics

Jul 27, 2020

Last weekend, a group of 300 Catholics, including 30 bishops and the apostolic nuncio to the United States, kicked off... Read more

Pope Francis at the Cathedral of the Assumption Nov. 22, 2019.

Pope Francis in Thailand: Friendship with Jesus lights your path

Nov 22, 2019

Pope Francis told young people in Thailand Friday that the secret to happiness is to be deeply rooted in faith... Read more

Pope Francis greets young people in Madagascar Sept. 7, 2019.

Jesus has a mission for youth in Madagascar, Pope Francis says

Sep 7, 2019

By ACI Africa

Jesus has called you and has entrusted a mission to you, Pope Francis told a crowd of young people at... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Feb. 6, 2019.

Pope Francis invites young economists, entrepreneurs to Italy in 2020

May 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has personally invited young economists and entrepreneurs to join him in Assisi, Italy, in 2020, to discuss how... Read more

Pope Francis takes a selfie with pilgrims at the April 1, 2015 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

From influencers to cyborgs, Pope Francis has tech advice for young people

Apr 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Discussing current digital trends, from “influencers” to cyborgs to “zapping,” Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter to young people contains both... Read more

Bl. Nunzio Sulprizio.

19th-century Italian teen to be canonized during youth Synod

Jul 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bl. Nunzio Sulprizio, who died at the age of 19 from bone cancer, will be declared a saint Oct. 14... Read more

Youth ministry must reflect young people’s diversity, US cardinal says

Nov 13, 2017

By Carl Bunderson

Young people are not a singular mass, and ministry to them must reflect their diversity, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston... Read more

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

Pope announces pre-synod meeting with youth as participants

Oct 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis announced Wednesday that ahead of next year's synod of bishops on youth, a preliminary meeting will take place... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, June 14, 2017.

Pope Francis sends message of encouragement to imprisoned youth

Aug 25, 2017

Pope Francis on Thursday sent a video message to youth in a prison in Argentina who are part of a... Read more

Youth at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 2016.

Pope Francis challenges young people in April prayer video

Apr 5, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Young people are the subject of Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for April, and in his prayer video presenting the... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the crowds of young people gathered in Meazza-San Siro Stadium during his day trip to Milan, Italy on March 25, 2017.

In Milan, Pope makes youth promise to never be a bully

Mar 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

In last meeting during his day trip to Milan, Pope Francis issued a harsh criticism of bullying in schools, asking... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square during the General Audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Apr 23, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the... Read more

Students on the quad.

FOCUS broadens missionary outreach with 'Digital Campus'

Sep 11, 2014

By Hillary Mast

With missionary teams on 100 college campuses across the continental U.S., the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has reached an... Read more

Pope Francis celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation at a Papal Mass on April 28, 2013.

Pope confirms young people, calls them to be 'steadfast'

Apr 28, 2013

At a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people, Pope Francis encouraged the youth of the world to persist in... Read more


Young people across globe thank Pope in video

Feb 26, 2013

A group of young people from Madrid have posted a two-minute video online with international messages thanking  Pope Benedict XVI... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in Clementine Hall on Oct 20, 2012.

Pope stresses Church's hope in young people

Feb 7, 2013

“The Church has confidence in the young” and needs their lively participation, Pope Benedict XVI insisted, while also underscoring the... Read more