I hate to admit it: Why young adults are keeping their faith to themselves
Being a practicing Catholic has become a covert operation for some young adults, who are choosing to keep their faith to themselves rather than explain the church’s public stance on certain controversial issues.
Slideshow: Going green at college campuses
When it comes to church teaching on stewardship of the earth and care for God’s creation, students at Catholic colleges and universities around the country are getting more than just a classroom education. New initiatives—many led by the students themselves—are taking these teachings out of the lecture hall and applying them from dorm rooms to dining halls, implementing new sustainability efforts to reduce their collective carbon footprint.
Bridging the generational divide on parish staffs
Striking a balance between the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth can make for a vibrant church.
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Why are young adults excited about Pope Francis?
To the millennial generation, the new pontiff’s actions are speaking just as loud as his words.
“I’m so excited about Frank. He’s great,” says Katy Caldwell, 23, laughing.
Let it rain: Marymount University puts an eco-friendly spin on gardening
Students at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia worked together to construct a rain garden outside of their library. The idea took root to help reduce pollution levels in water runoff and to improve water quality on campus. Learn more in this short film about the benefits—both environmental and educational—of their unique garden.
Young adult literature: Approved for all audiences
Even if you’re eligible for AARP, don’t be a snob about young adult fiction. It’s some of the most creative literature around.
This spring I took a class called “Writing the Young Adult Novel.” I’ve long been interested in penning a contribution to one of my favorite literary genres, ever since I was once a young adult. While I had considered myself relatively up on which young adult (YA) authors to pay attention to, I realized I’d merely been sticking my toes in the genre.
Pope delights crowds with his informality, message of reform
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RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) In one of the most inclusive gestures of his visit here, Pope Francis donned a headdress offered to him from an indigenous South American Indian at a ceremony in the city´s grand municipal theater.
The gesture was greeted with shouts of surprise initially. Then the audience of Brazilian politicians and business people erupted into roars of approval and thunderous applause.
All sworn out: Lay Catholics shouldn't have to sign loyalty oaths
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Is secularism standing in the way of raising our kids Catholic?
The editors interview theologian and religious education scholar Thomas Groome.
An increasingly secular culture is often blamed for the young generation’s lack of enthusiasm for religion. But is secular society truly a roadblock when it comes to raising our kids in the Catholic faith? Thomas Groome, author of Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples (HarperOne, 2011), discusses the role of secularization in passing on the faith in this web-only excerpt from his interview with U.S. Catholic.
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