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More local books needed for young people

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Press in Hong Kong should publish more books to cater to the needs of young people as their interest in reading is still strong, which is a proven fact by the high turnout for the annual Hong Kong Book Fair. 
 
Josephine Lau Wai-ling, general manager of the Catholic Centre Bookstore, is of the opinion that although there are lots of good books published for children and adults, there is a scarcity of quality books for young people to help in their formation in the society. 
 

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Let the young people speak pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis warned of the “dangers of speaking to young people without letting them speak, leaving them at ‘a safe distance’.”
 
In a May 12 video message to young people who had gathered at several sites around the world to pray the rosary together, he said, “Young people do not bite, they can come close and have enthusiasm. And not only do you have enthusiasm, you hold the key to the future.”
 

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Young people of Timor-Leste are keepers of peace

DILI (UCAN): Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili, reminded young people of their special role in maintaining peace in Timor-Leste, particularly as the country prepares for polls in May.
 
During a special Passion Sunday Mass to mark the annual passing round of the so-called university cross Bishop Da Silva said young people should look up to Jesus’ cross as a source of inspiration in daily life.
 

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Cry out, pope tells young people

VATICAN (CNS): Celebrating Passion Sunday Mass on March 25 with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting hosanna in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.
 
The crowd that shouted hosanna as Jesus entered Jerusalem included all those for whom Jesus was a source of joy, those he healed and forgave, and those he welcomed after they had been excluded from society, the pope said in his homily.
 

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Church needs young people, but they need to be heard too

ROME (CNS): The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults gathered for the opening a weeklong meeting in preparation for October’s Synod of Bishops on March 19.
 
“We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move forward, to strengthen hope for the future,” the pope said. 
 

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Pope asks young people to write meditations for Way of Cross

VATICAN (CNS): In light of this year’s Synod of Bishops on Young People, Pope Francis has asked that the meditations for Way of the Cross on Good Friday be written by a group of students Vatican News reported on March 8.
 
The pope wants today’s younger generation to reflect on the Passion of Christ. 
 
Each year, the pope asks a different person or group of people to write the meditations for the nighttime Holy Week event at Rome’s Colosseum which this year falls on March 30.

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Sense of belonging comes first, young catechumens say

HONG KONG (SE): Young catechumens who will be baptised during Easter this year, said what they need most from the Church community is a sense of belonging and a participation in the mission of witnessing to God’s love. 
 
“The key to evangelisation is to help people truly apply faith to their lives, and strengthen their motivation to gain more knowledge and encourage them within a community,” said Tam Wing-fung, a catechumen from St. Alfred’s parish, Shatin. 
 

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Young people the first victims of new religious regulations

BEIJING (AsiaNews): the revised version of China’s Religious Affairs Regulations went into effect on February 1. First published last October, they provide for close monitoring of all official Church communities and fines, arrests and expropriation for members of unofficial communities. Among the first victims of this clampdown are young people.
 

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Not a year to spend on the sofa

It is a new year. But it is not just another new year. It is also a Year of Youth in our diocese of Hong Kong as well as in other parts of the world like Australia. 
 
In fact, the Year of Youth began with the proclamation made by the bishop on the first Sunday of Advent, which traditionally marks the beginning of the new liturgical year in the Catholic Church.
 

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Let’s talk about sex young people tell Vatican

VATICAN (CNS): Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be opening to listening to young people talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.
 
Twenty people under the age of 35, along with 70 theologians, priests and academics met from September 11 to 15 as part of the preparatory process for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “young people, faith and vocational discernment.”
 

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