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Desiring a better solution to pregnancy ‘problem’

These youngsters have taken the chastity pledge

The World Health Organisation has, in its latest report, confirmed that 25% of worldwide pregnancies ended in abortion between 2010 and 2014. The report also states that “around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries.”


While this news must be greeted with great sadness at the millions of lives lost in an incredibly short period of time, the WHO has a solution.  It states that: “Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications.

We Christians will be known by our love

Pope Francis heard Confessions in the days leading up to the Mass


Pope Francis has given a lesson in love and freedom during his homily at the Jubilee Mass for Young People in Rome.


The Pope, speaking to thousands of youth in St Peter’s Square, said that Jesus himself declared that Christians would be known “by the way they love one another.”  The Pope continued saying, “love, in other words, is the Christian’s identity card.”


The Pope then tackled the meaning of love, stating that love is something you give.

Pope Francis Urges the World to Follow Christ’s Commandment to Love

The pope received several standing ovations in Congress
 
Pope Francis, in his historic address to US Congress, has urged the world to follow Christ’s Commandment of love.  The pope used the opportunity to tackle critical issues such as the dignity of human life, the death penalty and the refugee crisis.  He also addressed recent attacks on marriage and family life, and his concerns that the very basis of the family and marriage is being called into question. 
 
Here are the main quotes from the pope’s address to USC ongress this afternoon:

US conference urges Catholic youth to live their faith openly and warns against cherry-picking

Cardinal TImothy Dolan
 
A number of distinguished speakers including Cardinal Timothy Dolan descended on the Steubenville youth conference in New York earlier this month to speak to 2,000 young people about the Catholic faith.
 
 
The youth were encouraged to live their faith openly and to be prepared to make more difficult decisions as they get older, including whether or not to have a relationship with God. They were also warned against cherry-picking their faith in order to try and justify their behaviour.

Pope Francis asks young people....whose team do you want to play for?

 
Pope Francis has urged young people to reject playing for the devil's football team, so full of empty promises of glory, riches and power; and instead invited them to play for Jesus' team, where humility, love and service to others is key.
 
 
 

Huge Catholic Youth Event in Scotland Aims to Unite in Solidarity with Persecuted Christians

 
Aid to the Church in Need, an organisation which helps persecuted Christians around the world through prayer, information and action, is inviting Catholic High Schools and Universities from all over Scotland to gather in Carfin on 11th June in a show of solidarity with persecuted Christians.
 
The event, which will take place at Carfin Grotto near Motherwell, is expected to be the largest ever gathering of young Catholics in Scotland.
 
Beginning with the midday Angelus, the event will then play host to a programme of Adoration, music and guest speakers.

This Catholic priest brought 15,000 young people to their feet with his pro-life story

Father Mario Majano
 
Father Mario Majano, a 28 year old Catholic priest from Washington DC, recently brought a 15,000 strong crowd to its feet during the Verizon Centre Mass for Life event in the capital.  The Mass was a follow-on from last week's March for Life which attracted hundreds of thousands of people.
 
Father Majano's story is one which brought tears to many people in the huge audience, but it was the tears of one woman in particular which made the headlines.
 
Click here to read the full story at lifesitenews.

Commandments for how to behave online and on social media

 
The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) has produced a new poster detailing the “10 Commandments for Proclaiming theJoy of the Gospel on-line”.  In what appears to be a spin-off from Pope Francis encyclical letter,Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel),SCES is encouraging young people to behave responsibly, and in a manner befitting of their Catholic faith, whilst they use the internet and social media. The poster will be officially launched during Catholic Education Week in February.

Call to promote alternative to abortion as pro-life movement takes to the streets of Glasgow

Hundreds braved the cold to stand up for life
 
Glasgow once again bore witness to the pro-life movement as the annual pro-life torchlight procession took to its streets on Thursday night. 
 
At least 300 people attended this year’s event which is slightly more than last year and must be seen as a positive step in the right direction.  Perhaps the most pleasing thing about the event was the number of young people in attendance.  I have suggested before that there is an undercurrent of Catholic and pro-life youth steadily growing in Scotland, and this was very much in evidence at this event.

Official Logo and Prayer for World Youth Day 2016 Revealed!

 
The official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 have been revealed!
 
The World Youth Day, which in 2016 will take place in Krakow, Poland, has over the years attracted millions of young Catholic faithful to gather in a show of great love and unity with a view to carrying that love to all corners of the earth.
 
The World Youth Day in 2013, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, attracted 3 million youth to Copacabana beach for the final Mass with Pope Francis.
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