Kitale, Kenya: The Heart-Rending Story of Lucy
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Kitale, Kenya: The Heart-Rending Story of Lucy

Jacinta van Luijk MHM , Mill Hill lay missionary associate, is the driving force behind the KItale Community Advancement Programme (KAP. She shares the searing story of Lucy (not her real name), one of th e particpants of the ‘unreached youth’ programme. The story of Lucy, participant in the training for ‘unreached’ young people in…

East Africa: Replacing orphanages with Family Care
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East Africa: Replacing orphanages with Family Care

The goal is as simple as it is complicated to achieve: Shift the care of children from institutions like orphanages to a family or family-like environment. Catholic sisters in three African nations — Uganda, Zambia and Kenya — are leading the way in creating new models for caring for children. Their efforts are the core…

Theme Song World Youth Day Lisbon 2023
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Theme Song World Youth Day Lisbon 2023

The official theme song of World Youth Day (WYD) 2023, scheduled to take place in Lisbon, Portugal, was released on Wednesday, exactly two years since the announcement of the city chosen by Pope Francis to host the next world meeting for young people. Titled “Há Pressa no Ar” (“There’s a rush in the air”), the…

Taizé: Hoping in Season and out of Season
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Taizé: Hoping in Season and out of Season

The international Taizé meeting will take place online from December 27, 2020 to January 1, 2021. For the first time the European Meeting of Young Adults will be held in Taizé at the end of 2020, a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Already in June, it was announced that the scheduled meeting in Turin,…

Nairobi, Kenya: Big Dreams in a Landscape of Inequality
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Nairobi, Kenya: Big Dreams in a Landscape of Inequality

Kenya has sometimes been described as a “hustler nation”. More than 80% of the population work in the informal economy, deriving incomes from hawking goods, fixing cars and working on construction sites. These are often precarious and piecemeal arrangements, impermanent and low-paid –characteristic of what has been called an era of jobless growth, in which…

Young People’s Hopes for a Church after Lockdown
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Young People’s Hopes for a Church after Lockdown

In a new video, put together by Forming Missionary Disciples, young adults share their hopes for the Church after lockdown, recognising Pope Francis’ call to contribute their gifts and energies to the Church. One shared their hope for a church that “isn’t afraid of dialogue, a Church which isn’t afraid to be challenged, to learn,…

Young People with Roots – A Reflection Sparked by Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’
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Young People with Roots – A Reflection Sparked by Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘Christus Vivit’

An insight from the Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit After reflecting and meditating on the exhortation Christus Vivit, I would like  to make a reflection on Chapter Six, Young People with Roots. Before making this reflection, I would like to start with an analogy of a tree. Every tree has roots and it is through the…