How can I ever repay you?: Catholic colleges and the student loan crisis

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Article Young Adults
The blessings of a college education often come with the curse of tens of thousands in loans. Catholic colleges are helping students get their degrees without getting buried deep in debt.

This is my body: One woman's thoughts on unwanted attention

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Article Women Young Adults
Why must a woman be seen as someone’s mother or sister to deserve respect and safety on a street in India—or anywhere?

When I was 13 years old, a man in a busy marketplace grabbed me, fondled my breast, and walked away. I have never seen quite so thunderous a look on my mother’s face as I ran to her, crying. “He did what to you? Which man?” She tore down the street after him, with the fury of God’s own thunder.


How college campuses are going 'green'

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Article Environment Young Adults
At many Catholic colleges, an environmental revolution is under way: Out with the ubiquitous plastic water bottles, the reams of wasted paper, the showers that use a flood of water! In with being eco-friendly! And leading the way are the students themselves.

I hate to admit it: Why young adults are keeping their faith to themselves

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Article Young Adults
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

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Article Environment Young Adults

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

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Article Parish Life Young Adults
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?

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Article Vatican Young Adults
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

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Article Environment Young Adults

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

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Article Culture Young Adults
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.


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Pope delights crowds with his informality, message of reform

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Article Vatican Young Adults

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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.


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