Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be open to listening to youths talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.
Turning stern during a lively and laughter-filled encounter March 25, Pope Francis told the youngsters he was very worried about the growing phenomenon of bullying.
In a survey of 853 “tweens,” kids ages 10-12, and teenagers ages 13-18, five out of eight said they had gotten news the day before from family, teachers or friends, and close to half said they had gotten news online. What’s considered “traditional” media — newspapers, TV and radio — were just a few percentage points behind online sources.
In the early hours of Jan. 20, eight Cathedral High School students and their social studies teacher left the warmth of their hotel to secure a spot on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., to watch the presidential inaugural parade.
In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the church wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.”
The Diocesan Pastoral Council met Nov. 5 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Elrosa where Bishop Donald Kettler shared troubling statistics about young people leaving the church.
Mike Patin was the main presenter for the diocesan Senior High Youth Rally Oct. 30 at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Patin — a national speaker and retreat leader, author, youth ministry leader and adjunct faculty member at the Notre Dame Seminary Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans — recently spent several days in the St. Cloud Diocese to lead presentations for youth, young adults, parents, faith formation teachers, youth ministers and parish staff members.
They exhibit what might aptly be called a bipolar character about faith, church, family, sexual ethos and many other things that are important to them
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There was no such thing as prom when 94-year-old Cora Obermiller was a child, attending country school in St. Martin. So when her daughter, Denise Kapphahn, heard about the “Back in Time” prom that youth from four area parishes were hosting April 23 for the age 55-plus crowd at St. Peter Church in St. Cloud, […]