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Journeying with young people amid social controversy

With the massive July 1 rally, 550,000 Hong Kong people from all walks of life continued to call for the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill and removal of the “riot” label tacked on to the protests of June 12. The will of the people was clearly seen. 
 








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Church must learn how to speak to young people pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “Communicating is perhaps the challenge that we have with young people,” Pope Francis told the Congress for the Pastoral Care of Vocations in Europe on June 6. 
 

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Journeying with young people

This Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with the theme, The courage to take a risk for God’s promise. In his message for the occasion, Pope Francis points out that the Lord’s call is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us. Young people encounter Christ through formation activities and service. This is one of the major focuses of youth ministry.
 








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Take risks, make a ruckus pope tells young people in apostolic exhortation

VATICAN (CNS): The life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one is holy ground that pastors and parents must respect, nurture and encourage, Pope Francis writes in Christus Vivit (Christ Lives), his new apostolic exhortation, released on April 2.
 

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To Christ through Mary

Why did the Holy Father travel to the Holy House in Loreto to sign the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit? My colleague posed this query on March 25, the day when the pope signed Christ Lives his latest apostolic exhortation, in the House of Mary in Loreto, a small town in Italy. The document focuses on young people and was published on April 2, the death anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II. 
 








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Youth parish groups gather to discuss DOCAT

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the Year of Youth, a seminar on DOCAT, the summary of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church for young people, was held at St. Francis parish, Sham Shui Po on February 23, to help parishes formulate directions in youth pastoral care.
 

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Motivating young lives through basketball programme

HONG KONG (SE): Dylan Chan Yee-fu, a top basketball player in the Hong Kong A1 Division Championship league, is now the coach of a basketball programme implemented by his alma mater, the Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School.  
 
During the launching ceremony of the Cheng-chung Youth Basketball and Leadership Training Scheme on November 16, the renowned basketball player thanked the teachers of the school who motivated him from Form 1 to 3.
 

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Young people called to mission

HONG KONG (SE): For the Diocesan Year of Youth, the deaneries of the Church in Hong Kong invited young people to come together and take part in Mission Sunday activities on October 21 and to help proclaim the Good News to others.
 

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Migration should be free and not be forced says cardinal in synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Young people should have a right to migrate but should never be forced to do so, said an Italian cardinal at the Synod of Bishops.
 
Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi of Italy, prefect of Congregation for Catholic Education, told reporters at a briefing on October 6, “The Church in Italy and other countries has opened its doors” to migrants.
 

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Syriac Catholic young people celebrate their faith

BEIRUT (CNS): Driven by zeal and strong ties to the roots of their faith, 450 young people from all over the world gathered in Lebanon for the first Syriac Youth International Convention, open to people between 18 and 35 years of age.
 

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