International Youth Archives


History and holiness are found at Rome’s heart

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 No Comments

— Fresh from a visit to one of the world’s most historic cities, Catholic student Rachel Docherty gives us an insight into Italy’s capital

Landing in Rome, I could tell it was going to be very different from Scotland, in terms of the weather, beauty and religion. Rome has been defined as the eternal city and such a name perfectly sums up the age-old and everlasting importance of the place. My first experience of Rome... read more


Uncovering poverty on the big screen

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by SCO Admin 1 Comment

— St Kentigern’s Academy students’ project to be used by leading children’s charity UNICEF

A play written by pupils at St Kentigern’s Academy, Blackburn, has been turned into a short film, which will be used by world-leading children’s charity, UNICEF as part of its education programme. Hidden Poverty is the title of a play produced by St Kentigern’s Seen and Heard group. It was set... read more


St Joseph’s students enjoy ‘life-changing’ experience

Posted on: December 16th, 2011 1 Comment

— Group of pupils from the Catholic Secondary School in Kilmarnock enjoyed visit to Fr Martin Chambers’ former parish in Ecuador

A group of nine pupils from St Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock, recently spent ten days in the community of Nueva Prosperina—a shantytown in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil—and have returned home speaking of ‘life-changing’ and ‘unforgettable’ experiences. The S6 pupils travelled to Ecuador in October with Fr Martin Chambers, the St Joseph’s... read more


Digging deep to help those in need

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

— Pupils from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School come to aid of Bolivian orphanage

The community of St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School in East Kilbride has dug deep to save a potentially desperate situation at a Bolivian orphanage from escalating. Amadita Garcia, a former pupil at the East Kilbride secondary school, is currently working at the Hogar Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart Home) near... read more


Galloway pilgrims share their thoughts on WYD 2011

Posted on: September 2nd, 2011 No Comments

This trip has definitely been the best two weeks of my life, not only because I have met and become life-long friends with so many people, but also because I have made stronger, healthier friendships with people I was already close to.

I have also strengthened my relationship with God through the moments of deep prayer and thoughtful devotion we have shared during this fortnight. I feel less isolated as a practising teenage Catholic and am very thankful for my faith. I will never forget this pilgrimage! Lucy Clark, Troon Two million people, their... read more


World Youth Day Blog-Closing Mass

Posted on: August 21st, 2011 by SCO Admin 1 Comment

Reporting live from Madrid, Sunday, August 21 2011

Thankfully, Madrid woke up to a clearer sky this morning. I made my way back into Cuatro Vientos airfield around 9.15am, just as the Holy Father was completing his tour of the field and making his way on to the altar to celebrate WYD's closing Mass. Once again, it was... read more


World Youth Day Blog-Vigil Mass

Posted on: August 21st, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

Reporting live from Madrid, Sunday, August 21 2011

On arrival at Cuatro Vientos airfield in Madrid yesterday evening for Pope Benedict XVI's vigil, I took aside five to ten minutes, during which I had to simply stand and watch what was unfolding in front of me. I am aware that referring to the growing number of WYD pilgrims has... read more


Pope invites youth to join him in Rio de Janeiro in 2013

Posted on: August 21st, 2011 No Comments

Official announcement that next WYD will be in Brazil in 2013 and reaction (Video link below)

While praying the Angelus from Madrid, Pope Benedict officially announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, confirmation of which was reported in the Scottish Catholic Observer last week. The announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the next host city was celebrated... read more


World Youth Day Blog-Friday and Saturday Mass

Posted on: August 20th, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

Reporting live from Madrid, Saturday, August 20 2011

As I write up this blog entry, I am at Cuatro Vientos airfield in Madrid, as we prepare for tonight's vigil led by Pope Benedict XVI. As the WYD guide book notes , 'the great day has come.' Interestingly, (or perhaps not) the journey out to the airfield by bus... read more


World Youth Day Blog-Holy Father arrives

Posted on: August 19th, 2011 by SCO Admin No Comments

Reporting live from Madrid, Friday, August 19 2011

And here was me thinking Tuesday evening's WYD opening Mass had attracted a large crowd... clearly the observations of a WYD debutant! Between yesterday and today, the number of pilgrims descending on Madrid, to coincide with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI, has gone stratospheric. Never before have I seen... read more

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