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Marists offer youth a home in the Church

By Emilie Ng MARIST youth ministry leaders in Australia think they have the key to satisfying young people’s “craving for community” – host youth festivals. Earlier this month, the Marists hosted its first youth festival since 2008, and is already preparing for a second round in 2017. More than 180 young people, including students from some of Australia’s 54 Marist schools ... Read More »

Preparing for WYD in Krakow

POLISH Catholic youth Dawid Struzik and Zachary Mroczek are hoping to memorise the Polish lyrics to the official World Youth Day Krakow theme song before their big pilgrimage next year. Błogosławieni miłosierni, or “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”, debuted in Krakow following the country’s traditional Magi processions marking the Solemnity of the Epiphany, on January 6. ... Read More »

English translation of WYD Krakow 2016 Hymn

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The Catholic Leader is pleased to provide an English translation of Błogosławieni Miłosierni (“Blessed are the Merciful”), the official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Blessed Are the Merciful I raise my eyes to the mountains,from where help will comefrom the Lord, because Heis a merciful God! When we are lost, He looks for us,so as to take us in His ... Read More »

Making music for the soul

By Emilie Ng GREGORIAN chant, for several young Australian Catholic musicians in vocal group Prima Luce, is more than just an aural souvenir from the ninth century. The humble young Catholics with angelic voices have made it their mission to “resurrect sacred music” in the modern Church. Their latest revival lies in the group’s second album, a mix of popular ... Read More »

Sharing joy with neighbours

AMIDST sweltering Timorese heat, a child pulls a tissue from his pocket and wipes Hien Tran’s sweating face clean. When the tissue is soaked, another child wipes away the beads of sweat with his bare hands. “Their actions of love truly moved me,” Hien said. This is Hien’s memory of the Timorese people from Miliana, a small city she and ... Read More »

Learning to ask the questions

By Veronica Hayes WHAT am I here for? What is my purpose? Where is God calling me? Turning 25 had me in a state of confusion – these questions racing around my mind like the Australian Grand Prix. I wasn’t prepared for this. I was meant to be happy and content. I loved my life. I had a great, full ... Read More »

Called to virtue

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Catholics in Brisbane and Sydney are steering a new initiative to restore virtuous culture in today’s hedonistic society. Frassati Australia and Crossroads Australia co-ordinator Chris Da Silva is among three Australians who will establish international enterprise The Culture Project in February. The Culture Project shares the Church’s message of sexual integrity and human dignity into Sydney ... Read More »

Positive cultural change

By Emilie Ng GROWING expectations on young people to make better life choices contributed to “one of the best years” of Schoolies Week, Rosies Schoolies Week co-ordinator Cat Milton said. Ms Milton said the overall “positive” experience felt by Rosies volunteers working at the Schoolies Week safety response area at Surfers Paradise was due to a higher moral standard being ... Read More »

Queensland youth to unite in Krakow

QUEENSLAND’S bishops and youth ministers are close to finalising plans for “an enriching spiritual experience for young people” headed to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. The tentative pilgrimage includes visits to surrounding countries with a spiritual focus on St John Paul II, the WYD’s founder and Polish citizen. The package also includes a post-WYD retreat in a European country ... Read More »

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