Posts Tagged ‘Youth’

Don’t be religious hypocrites — young people are watching us elderly

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

On the path of these catecheses on old age, today we meet a biblical figure—and old man—named Eleazar, who lived at the time of the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes. He is a wonderful character. His character gives us a testimony of the special relationship that exists between the fidelity of old age and the honour Read more

Kiwis must ‘take off masks’ to prevent suicide

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Health Central

New Zealand mental health advocate, television personality and former comedian Mike King has some straight words for Kiwis about mental health. If we want to prevent suicide and help our kids open up about mental health, there are a couple of things we need to get on to. We need to do more to make Read more

Anglican Family Care encourages youth voice

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

A new internship programme provides a pathway to being a director in the not-for-profit sector. The board of the Anglican Family Care centre has appointed Annabelle Cullinane as its first intern director, working alongside the board for a two-year term. She would not have voting rights but would gain insights and experience and could share Read more

Young people’s social enterprise helping unemployed youth

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Jobless young people are being given a chance to work in retail through a Hawke’s Bay social enterprise. Jody Hamilton (pictured, left) who founded LIFT Youth Employment says the new initiative aims to connect with and help young people who want to work in retail or have entrepreneurial goals. LIFT’s vision is for 100 percent Read more

Teens abandon BBQ causing fire at Dunedin church

Monday, April 12th, 2021

A group of teens built a campfire and started to cook sausages on the grounds of First Church In Dunedin. They fled at the first sign of trouble, leaving the fire unattended and the sausages to burn. The communications adviser said it was definitely one of the more bizarre things she had seen in the Read more

Increasingly isolated youth connect to faith through relationship

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Young people — including those who are religious — do not see religious leaders as trusted adults, according to a new study. Only 8% of respondents ages 13-25 who are affiliated with a religious group say they have a trusted religious leader they could turn to if needed. In contrast, 45% said they could turn Read more

Loneliness: Lockdown hits young people hardest

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
youth loneliness

The incidence of prolonged loneliness for youth increased significantly during the lockdown. For youth aged 15-24 years (General Social Survey) or aged 18-24 years (other surveys), the incidence of prolonged loneliness increased from 5.8% of youth before lockdown to about 20.8% during the lockdown. It fell slightly to 17.0% post-lockdown. These are the findings of Read more

Number of suicides reaches 10-year peak, new data reveals

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

New Zealand had the highest number of suicides in 10 years in 2016, according to the latest provisional data released by the Ministry of Health. It was up from 529 in 2015, and 510 in 2014. Males were the most represented in the figures, with 412 committing suicide in 2016, compared to 141 females. Continue Read more

Being religious is no longer a trend for post-christian teens

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

According to, Generation Z (people born between 1999 and 2015) are the “first truly ‘post-Christian’ generation.” In fact, the number of teens who associate themselves with atheism is twice as much as the general population, according to Barna. The decline in religion among teens is at a staggering 29% among 8th graders, 25% among Read more

Rave reviews about Christus-Vivit, Pope’s new youth document

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Pope Francis has published a new document dedicated to youth, bringing full-circle a process of consultation that began last year when the Vatican reached out to young people around the world ahead of an October summit of bishops on how to better approach them. Called Christus Vivit, the document is 180 pages long and takes Read more