Youth & Young Adults

Religious vocations endure despite distractions, scandal

Despite decades of declining numbers, religious life continues to attract young people who view God's call as "not limiting, but freeing," say several men's and women's vocation directors in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Letters foster one young woman’s gratitude for veteran’s years of service

A letter that touched Sophia Egold's life in ways she never expected is one she wrote six years ago when she was an eighth grader at St. Barnabas School in Indianapolis. It was a letter of thanks to a World War II hero for his service to his country.

Philippine bishop says child workers face dangerous conditions

Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose, chairman of the bishops' Commission on Catechism and Catholic Education, said the situation was alarming and sad.

Anthem on ‘The Gospel According to Kanye’

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's youth and young adult ministry takes on the big questions about spirituality, religion and Christianity with honesty and humor. In their latest podcast, the Anthem team asks what musical artist Kanye would say about the Good News.

‘Arctic Dogs’: Cute pups pull a strong message for kids

"Be yourself" is the theme, if a bit overworn in movies these days, of this animated film featuring voice acting that helps it overcome the story's lack of freshness. Still, little ones will love the family-friendly romp.

Teen spends final days reaching out to vulnerable, poor on city streets

When 19-year-old Nicholas Peters of San Carlos understood that his life would not be a long one, he decided to spend the days that might be left to him ministering to the forgotten and the hopeless on the streets of San Francisco.

Child’s wish to feed homeless leads to robust outreach, national award

It started with a child's concern for a homeless man she saw outside a grocery store. Emily Aguirre, a fifth grader at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in McAllen, was 6 years old in 2015 when she insisted on taking action.

Students spread the good news through original artwork

Ten participants in the annual Missionary Child Association's Christmas card contest were recognized by Archbishop Charles Chaput during World Mission Sunday. Their drawings of the Nativity will be featured by the Pontifical Mission Societies in print and online.

Anthem on ‘The Gospel According to the Joker’

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's youth and young adult ministry takes on the big questions about spirituality, religion and Christianity with honesty and humor. In their latest podcast, the Anthem team asks if Jesus would have had sympathy for "The Joker."

‘The Sojourn’ is worth the trip

Gamers of all ages will enjoy solving puzzles to advance through a ruined but still beautiful city, whose shadows remind us that the fullness of reality is always present, but not normally visible.