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Pope Francis hears confessions of teenagers in St. Peter's Square.

Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016

Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

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

Jan 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has sent a special message to the youth who will participate in the Jubilee of Boys and Girls... Read more


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

Dec 28, 2015

By Mary Farrow

When Amendment 64 legalized the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 in Colorado, Dr. Christopher... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday general audience Dec. 2, 2015.

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

Dec 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key... Read more

Ugandan youth greeted Pope Francis with welcome signs and big smiles today during a meeting at Kampala's airport.

Pope to Ugandan youth: You are a people of martyrs

Nov 28, 2015

On his last day in Uganda, Pope Francis heard testimonies of suffering from young people and praised Ugandan’s faith, which... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

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

Oct 7, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the... Read more

Pope Francis greets participants in a youth meeting in Havana Sept. 20, 2015.

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

Sep 20, 2015

Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to respond to the dreams and hopes of young people who spoke to... Read more

Vatican Journalist Aura Miguel with Radio Renascença interviews Pope Francis Sept. 8, 2015.

Full Text of Pope Francis' interview with Portuguese radio station

Sep 14, 2015

In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis touched on a variety of serious and lighthearted topics, such as the current... Read more

Pope Francis before the Eucharistic celebration in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin on June 21, 2015.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Jun 22, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was... Read more

Students and teachers who helped restore the motorbike.

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

Jun 21, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the... Read more

Pope Francis near St. Peter's Basilica before his Wednesday general audience. June 3, 2015.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015

Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group... Read more

Vietnamese Youth Leaders annual lenten retreat in Thailand Mar 17-18, 2015.

Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Mar 24, 2015

Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with children through Google Hangouts, Feb. 5, 2015.

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

Feb 5, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis virtually joined seven young people with disabilities and special needs in his second Google Hangout as pontiff, sharing... Read more

2015 March for Life in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22, 2015.

Millennials' pro-life commitment wows bishops

Jan 26, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Both Roman and Orthodox Catholic bishops were stirred by the presence of the Millennial generation at the 2015 March for... Read more

Boys play soccer on a basketball court in Jerusalem.

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

Dec 4, 2014

Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious... 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

 Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

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

Oct 25, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has sent a message to young people affected by the “culture of waste,” calling on them to spread... Read more

We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

Oct 5, 2014

By Mary Farrow

It always bothered Grace Raun when she heard her college classmates saying “nobody waits anymore” for marriage, because she knew... Read more

Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Sep 18, 2014

A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion... 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