Young people are, literally, the future of the Church. Pope Francis has said that the hearts of young people "do not tolerate injustice and cannot bow to a 'throw-away culture' nor give in to the globalisation of indifference."

Youth ministry lies at the heart of the Catholic Church’s mission and a number of key events in the life of the Church attest to this. In England and Wales we celebrate National Youth Sunday every year on the Feast of Christ the King. Globally, every three or four years, the Pope joins hundreds of thousands of young people for World Youth Day – a chance to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. In addition to this, the hierarchy understands how vital it is that we listen to young people. In autumn 2018, young people were the focus of a Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome on youth, faith and vocational discernment.

Synod of Bishops: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

The Synod Fathers aimed to discern how the Church can become better at accompanying young people to make good life choices.

World Youth Day

Every few years the Pope meets with thousands of young people from around the World. The next World Youth Day will take place in Panama from 22 - 27 January 2019.