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COMING OF AGE | Technology and social media empower youth

Social media platforms encourage young people to create and share content with their peers around the globe, which has amplified their voices and their potential to make a difference.

According to the International Telecommunication Union, an agency of the United Nations, information and communication technology has played a central role in young people's rise to prominence on a global scale.

"It has helped them to mobilize behind a common cause and to collaborate, and it has given them a voice where before they had none," the agency stated in the report from 2013.

Catholic high school students work to end bullying ‘Piece-by-Peace’

This is the graphic design of an award-winning board game called “Piece-by-Peace” created by three seniors at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind. Each of the colors represents either a form of bullying, facts about bullying or information about combating bullying.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Austin Bowen, Noah Harrison and Michaela Kunkler, seniors at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, have ideas about how to combat bullying. Those ideas have helped them each land a full scholarship to the University of Evansville.

The trio recently won the university's High School Changemaker Challenge; the grand prize is a full scholarship to the university for each member of the winning team.

Marketing the Church requires local efforts, sharing Gospel

Irish Bishop Paul Tighe, adjunct secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, spoke March 10 at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. At right is Helen Osman, a communication adviser. Bishop Tighe said of the festival, “Despite all the sophistication, coolness, sarcasm and the irony at an event like this, I think if you speak with authenticity, there’s still a possibility of touching people’s hearts.”

AUSTIN, Texas — McDonald's, Apple, Starbucks and ... the Catholic Church?

In terms of recognizable organization names, the Catholic Church has to rank near the top. But, does it view itself as a brand to be marketed?

‘Make your voice heard’ | Pope Francis says 2018 Synod of Bishops focused on youth needs young people’s input

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for a welcoming ceremony at the 2016 World Youth Day at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. As the Catholic Church prepares 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.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

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."

"Make your voice heard," the pope told young people. "Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

West County XLT latest example of collaborative spirit in youth ministry

Known as West County XLT, the collaboration of parish-based youth ministry programs rotates at different west St. Louis County parishes. Bishop Robert Hermann was the guest speaker for the group at St. Clement of Rome Dec. 14. Dominic Dolan, 16, from St. Alban Roe Parish, prayed at adoration.

The soothing sound of a guitar wafted through the church and into the vestibule at St. Clement of Rome as Breeze Bonderer and Josie Davis quietly talked.

The high school freshmen were taking a break from their end-of-semester studies to attend West County XLT at the church in Des Peres. The monthly gathering of praise and worship, adoration, confessions and a talk began in November, and rotates among seven West County parishes.

Be authentic witnesses in connecting with young people in the Church

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Encountering young people in an authentic way and taking a step outside of the boat, as Peter did with Jesus, are hallmarks of a fruitful youth ministry effort.

Leaders in youth ministry shared those sentiments at the seventh annual archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly Oct. 29 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Nearly 150 parish leaders, including laity, religious and clergy, attended the assembly, traditionally a time for parish representatives to share ideas and communicate with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson about the priorities of the local Church.

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