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Pope Francis greets 80,000 teens on pilgrimage in St. Peter’s Square on April 18, 2022.

Pope Francis tells 80,000 teens to ask Our Lady for courage to do God’s will

Apr 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The youth pilgrimage was organized in an effort to reach out to young people whose lives were upended during the... Read more

A detail from a poster for the Don Bosco Global Film Festival.

Salesians asked young people to make short films about hope. They got a big response

Nov 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The inaugural Don Bosco Global Film Festival has received more than 1,500 entries. Read more

Young people pray in Centro San Lorenzo on St. John Paul II's feast day 2018.

Young people pray for St. John Paul II’s intercession during youth synod

Oct 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The adoration holy hour on Saint John Paul II’s feast day included meditations on the pope’s Gospel reflections in St.... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles leads Eucharistic adoration at the City of Saints conference, Aug. 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

LA archdiocese hosts youth conference to inspire sanctity

Aug 8, 2017

More than 1,600 youth gathered at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles this weekend for the third... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

The Church and society need you, Pope Francis tells youth

Mar 21, 2017

On Tuesday Pope Francis released a video message to youth in advance of the next World Youth Day, to be... Read more

Pope Francis laughing outside of St. Peter's Basilica during the general audience on April 1, 2015.

Homework from Pope Francis: Let your joy be contagious

Dec 19, 2016

Young Catholics can be a force for joy and peace, Pope Francis told an audience with Catholic Action on Monday.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the International Congress of vocation ministry in Vatican City, Oct. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Where are vocations from? An encounter with God

Oct 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to promoting vocations in the Church, Pope Francis said it all begins with an encounter with God... Read more

The Paraguayan teen girls pose in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Photo

Teen girls cancel Disney World trip to see Pope Francis instead

May 21, 2016

Dozens of teen girls in Paraguay had planned to celebrate their 15th birthday – or Quinceañera – at Florida's Disney... Read more

Pope Francis greets crowds in Tirana, Albania on Sept. 21.

Pope Francis to Albanian youth: Where you exist, there is hope

Sep 21, 2014

After celebrating Mass at Mother Teresa square during his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis led the crowds in the... Read more

Benedict XVI greets pilgrims at the General Audience, Oct. 24, 2012.

Benedict XVI meets with advocates of Traditional Latin Mass

Sep 4, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Benedict XVI met with two leaders involved in promoting the Traditional Latin Mass, or the extraordinary form of the Roman... Read more

Koreans electric with joy over visit of Pope Francis

Aug 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has received a warm welcome from the Korean people, many of whom praise him for his acts of... Read more

Asian youth who lunched with Pope Francis speak with journalists about their experience on Aug. 15, 2014.

Youth who lunched with Pope impressed by his humility

Aug 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following their lunch with Pope Francis, a Chinese and a Pakistani youth said the pontiff was like a humble father... Read more


Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

Nov 7, 2013

By Elise Harris

Earlier today it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the themes of the next three World Youth Days,... Read more

Vietnamese Catholic youth animators at the encounter pilgrimage camp.

Vietnamese youth pledge to journey alongside Christ

Nov 6, 2013

A large group of Vietnamese Catholic youth living in Thailand recently participated in a faith encounter pilgrimage camp there, renewing... Read more

(L-R) Arthur Thomé, Marie de La Mardière, and Marie Lecointe in Rome on Aug. 20, 2013.

French teens aim to learn extreme poverty during Rome trip

Aug 21, 2013

A group of French teenagers arrived in Rome this month without money or possessions in the hopes of learning how... Read more

Scene from The Logic of God performed during the 28th World Youth Day.

Blessed Frassati a 'perfect' fit for World Youth Day play

Jul 24, 2013

After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of a juvenile detainee at Casal del Marmo on March 28, 2013.

'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly... Read more

Convivio 2013.

Catholic youth congress highlights friendship with Christ

Mar 18, 2013

By Kate Veik, Kevin J. Jones

Hundreds of high school students attended the 2013 Convivio Youth Congress in Connecticut March 8-10 to talk about the Christian... Read more