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Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Scripture Union produces simplified Nativity story to avoid confusing children who don’t go to church: A spokeswoman said the change had been prompted by figures in recent years showing the scale of the lack of knowledge about the Christmas story among many children. New Healthy Media Habits For […]

Pope Francis: Young people dream of great things!

  Yes, yes, yes!

Pope calls on Ecuador’s youth to be champions for the environment

Pope Francis challenged Latin America’s youth to take up his environmental protection campaign, saying the defence of God’s creation isn’t just a recommendation but a requirement. The appeal, delivered at Quito’s Catholic University, is particularly relevant for Ecuador, a Pacific nation that is home to one of the world’s most species-diverse ecosystems in the Galapagos […]

Why the Pope is the person of the year

Pope Francis and the Little Child

Pope Francis addressed families in St. Peter Square at the Vatican last Saturday. There’s a video of the event, but it is four hours long. One of the highlights was a little boy who became attached to the pope, and came to stand beside him on stage. When some cardinals tried to remove him, the pontiff […]

The Pope’s New Car is a 29-Year Old Renault

Pope Francis has a new car. Or, rather, a new-to-him car. Renzo Zocca, an Italian parish priest, offered his 1984 Renault with 186,000 miles, to the Pope: In response, the priest received a papal call on his cell phone at the beginning of August and they spent a half hour talking about the priest’s work. Zocca […]

Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world: Rowling unmasked as crime novelist: Norway PM works as secret cab driver: Norway’s PM Jens Stoltenberg spent a day working undercover as a taxi driver in Oslo, he reveals, saying he wanted to hear voters’ real views. Venezuela gets tough on hair thieves: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on the […]

Pope Calls for Day of Fasting and Prayer for Syria

On Sunday, Pope Francis announced that the 7th September would be a day of fasting and prayer for Syria, a nation embroiled in a horrific civil war that has left hundreds of thousands dead.  Instead of his typical religious-themed sermon or Bible lesson, during his weekly message the Pope talked almost entirely about the conflict in the […]

Church out on the streets

I love this quote and image from Pope Francis:    

Lionel Messi: I want to meet Pope Francis

Argentinian striker Lionel Messi says Pope Francis is something for his countrymen and women to be proud of and looks forward to some day meeting him.