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Pope Francis meets with the bishops of Bangladesh Dec. 1, 2017.

Pope tells Bangladesh bishops to make laity a priority, especially youth

Dec 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday Pope Francis met with the bishops of Bangladesh, urging them to be close to the laity, especially young... Read more

World Youth Day in Brazil, July 28, 2013.

Bishops of Africa, Europe voice hope for upcoming summit on youth

Nov 16, 2017

In preparation for the fifth summit of the African Union and the European Union, the Catholic bishops’ conference of both... 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

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the US.

Be missionary disciples of Christ, apostolic nuncio encourages US bishops

Nov 13, 2017

By Carl Bunderson

On the opening day of the US bishops' plenary assembly, Archbishop Christophe Pierre addressed the gathering, encouraging them to prioritize... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 28, 2016.

Pope to Canadian youth: Let Christ lead you in the adventure of life

Oct 23, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a video message to participants in a youth forum in Canada, Pope Francis told young people to meet Jesus... Read more

Pope Francis at WYD in Poland, 2016.

Catholic youth have something to say – and the Church is listening

Sep 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As preparations continue for next year's Synod of Bishops on young people, the Vatican hosted young adults and global experts... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Council of Cardinals says more youth, women needed in Roman Curia

Sep 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

One of the key talking points in the latest round of meetings for the Pope's Council of Cardinals was the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Pope prays for openness, courage at close of Asian Youth Day

Aug 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

As young people gathered in Indonesia for the 7th Asian Youth Day prepare to head home, Pope Francis sent a... Read more

Bishops to Trump: Don't abandon young people to deportation

Jul 20, 2017

Undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents contribute to American society and deserve continued protections from the... Read more

Opening Mass for the Assembly of Synod of the Bishops on the Family on Oct. 4, 2015.

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? Here's your chance

Jun 15, 2017

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops announced the launch of a new website for the upcoming synod on... Read more

US bishops: Next synod must address disillusioned, indifferent youth

Jun 14, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Next year’s synod, which will focus on young people, must address their most pressing problems, including indifference and disillusionment, U.S.... Read more

A priest walks through St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

Jun 1, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily at Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls in Rome's Verano cemetery, Nov. 1, 2014.

Pope Francis: 'The world is at war,' but good still remains

May 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a lengthy, off-the-cuff Q&A session with students, Pope Francis said a “culture of destruction” has spread throughout the world,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to young people at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome.

Pope to youth: The Church needs to hear your voice

Apr 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil in anticipation of WYD and the 2018 Synod of Bishops, telling... 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 arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Youth to be protagonists in upcoming synod of bishops

Jan 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

With the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family barely falling out of sight, the preparatory document for the next... Read more

Pope Francis hands rosaries to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his general audience May 4, 2016.

A new 'vocational culture' is needed in the Church, Pope Francis says

Jan 5, 2017

By Elise Harris

A fresh and courageous perspective is needed when it comes to helping youth discern and discover their vocation, Pope Francis... 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

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

In latest meeting, Synod of Bishops finalizes preparatory doc for 2018

Nov 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Synod of Bishops met in Rome this week to finalize the preparatory document and questionnaire that will form the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme

Oct 6, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the... Read more