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In first balcony talk, Pope tells youth to 'make chaos'
Thu, Jul 28th 2016 01:00 pm
KRAKOW, POLAND (CNA/EWTN News) - On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an off-the-cuff Q and A and telling them to 'make chaos' by spreading the joy of their faith.
Music, talks and prayer under one roof at Tauron Arena
Thu, Jul 28th 2016 01:00 pm
KRAKOW, POLAND - The Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland, hosted cardinals, singers, theologians and pilgrims as it became Mercy Center, a main site for World Youth Day 2016.
Mass officially opens WYD festivities
Wed, Jul 27th 2016 10:00 am
KRAKOW, POLAND - World Youth Day 2016 officially kicked off Tuesday, July 26, at 6 p.m., with a welcoming Mass by the shepherd of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.
Making friends one photo at a time
Tue, Jul 26th 2016 11:00 am
Laura Szczepankiewicz came to Krakow to meet as many people as she could. And she has the photographic proof to show she met her goal.
Jasna Góra offers understanding of miracles for WYD pilgrims
Tue, Jul 26th 2016 09:00 am
KRAKOW, POLAND - On Sunday, July 24, World Youth Day pilgrims got as close as they could to a full night's sleep before heading out at 8 a.m. to Czestochowa, Poland to visit the Jasna Góra Monastery and shrine.
Pope prays for pilgrims en route to Krakow for WYD
Mon, Jul 25th 2016 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis has asked for prayers as he, and all the pilgrims attending this year's World Youth Day, prepare to make their way to Krakow, Poland for the international event.
Christ the King Seminary to be site of local World Youth Day Mass
Mon, Jul 25th 2016 01:00 pm
While pilgrims are in Poland celebrating with the pope, locals will be doing the same at the seminary.
WYD pilgrims leave for Poland
Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 04:00 pm
"We have an exciting journey ahead of us," said Bishop Richard J. Malone to some of the 200 local pilgrims who are headed for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. During a send-off Mass Friday afternoon at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, the bishop said "I ask you to keep in mind one simple truth. The experience we're sharing is all about Jesus."
Pope Francis is ready for WYD ... Are you?
Thu, Jul 21st 2016 03:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Even though World Youth Day doesn't start until next week, thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are already descending on Krakow ahead of the official event.
World Youth Day pilgrims seek mercy and guidance
Wed, Jul 20th 2016 10:00 am
Christian pilgrimages began as a following in the footsteps of Jesus. Today, the term is used to describe a journey to a religious shrine for the purpose of strengthening one's faith. A pilgrim, therefore, is a person who travels to grow in his or her faith, experience the faith, and often, to share one's faith.
Third-largest U.S. delegation to attend WYD 2016
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON - More than 40,000 Americans are registered to attend World Youth Day (WYD), July 26-31, in Krakow, Poland. To assist this record breaking number of participants from the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has lined up a series of resources and a variety of digital platforms to engage youth and young adults at home and abroad.
Sound Board: Holy Spirit moved me
Fri, Jul 15th 2016 03:00 pm
If someone told me that my faith would change my life a few years ago, I would not have believed them. I used to be someone that didn't want to go to church and sometimes not even Sunday school.
Diocese welcomes 2016-2017 Youth Board
Fri, Jul 8th 2016 08:00 am
The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry installed the 2016-2017 Diocesan Youth Board in June in the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo. These 10 new members will follow a long tradition of teens helping other teens by planning youth ministry activities for the diocese.
Summer Timon Day camp to include photography
Thu, Jul 7th 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo will host its "Anything-but-Ordinary" Summer Timon Camp for all boys entering grades 5-8, from July 11-22. This year's camp will feature day trips to Letchworth State Park, City Hall and other local landmarks.
Teens find place to share faith
Tue, Jul 5th 2016 11:00 am
A lot of sharing and caring took place at Christ the King Seminary recently, along with a lot of learning and square dancing, as 40 teens took part in the Christian Leadership Institute.
Sound Board: CLI teaches the skills to lead
Wed, Jun 22nd 2016 09:00 am
I knew what I wrote on my Diocesan Youth Board application was from my heart and every single word was the truth, but I had always been better at writing than speaking.
MSM valedictorian finds students to be only a pencil away from success
Thu, Jun 16th 2016 11:00 am
While tutoring in the inner city of Buffalo, Ting Gao discovered students can't learn without the proper tools. Rather than hold a simple collection, the Mount St. Mary Academy senior started a non-profit organization to fill the needs in the lives of the less fortunate.
Excitement is building for World Youth Day on 'Consider This'
Sat, Jun 11th 2016 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone and 200 pilgrims from the Diocese of Buffalo will travel to Krakow next month to be with Pope Francis. Bishop Malone shares his enthusiasm for the trip and the World Youth Day prayer in "Consider This."
'Our Daily Bread' praises youth and young adult ministry
Wed, Jun 8th 2016 09:00 am
In the Gospel of Matthew 19:14, we read the following: "Jesus said, 'Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'"
Cross and icon help pilgrims prepare spiritually for WYD
Wed, May 18th 2016 09:00 am
A cross and icon of the Blessed Mother, gifts from a Polish bishop to the Buffalo Diocese, have served as tools for local pilgrims preparing for World Youth Day in Krakow.
Mount St. Mary Academy announces 2016 summer camps
Wed, May 18th 2016 09:00 am
KENMORE — Mount St. Mary Academy will present "Summer Sessions 2016" for girls entering grades five to eight. The program, running Aug. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, will include a combination of athletic, arts and educational sessions.
Niagara Catholic serves community in Day of Caring
Tue, May 17th 2016 11:00 am
Students of Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School went out into their neighborhood to spend a day carrying out the Corporal Works of Mercy. They fed the hungry at soup kitchens, visited the sick at senior centers, and gave alms to the poor at community missions.
Students see confirmation strengthening faith lives
Tue, May 10th 2016 09:15 am
Fifteen parishioners of St. Brendan on the Lake in Newfane will be confirmed at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo on May 15, at 3 p.m. The parish's director of faith formation, Mary Palmer, its catechist, James Cantella, and two confirmation students see a special significance in being able to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation in the Diocese of Buffalo's mother church.
St. Joe's camps designed for learning, fun and friendship
Sun, May 8th 2016 11:00 am
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute is offering two types of summer programming this year, both designed to introduce young men to our St. Joe's community of excellence.
Author tells of Sister Mechtilde's vocation story
Fri, Apr 29th 2016 09:00 am
Fans of the recent book, "The South Buffalo Boy Who Became Bishop," will enjoy the follow up, "The South Buffalo Girl Who Built a Hospital." Author Mariam R. Shannon again sets out to make a vocation book for children using local heroes and stories. This one tells the story of Anna Margaret O'Connor, who, like Bishop Joseph Burke, was born in South Buffalo to Irish immigrant parents and went on to accomplish great things after joining the religious life.
O'Hara siblings awarded Seneca nation scholarships
Tue, Apr 26th 2016 09:00 am
Checking one's heritage is a popular pastime, which takes time and patience.
Pope to teens: There isn't an app for love and happiness
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.
Cultural Diversity: Awakening service and faith in children
Sun, Apr 24th 2016 08:00 am
As we prepare to celebrate these two occasions we may find ourselves reflecting on how our parents raised us, and we may also spend some time reflecting on how we are raising our own children. Are we raising them to be children of faith and service?
High school boys become familiar with seminary at retreat
Tue, Apr 19th 2016 02:00 pm
Seventeen teenage boys heard a call to visit Christ the King Seminary, and they answered. They gathered at the East Aurora education facility to learn about the priesthood and get to know the men who have already answered their vocational call.
Third-grade students learn to make rosaries
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 04:00 pm
KENMORE — Rosary making was recently taught to third-graders at St. John the Baptist School. The ornamental prayer beads, which emerged during the Middle Ages, continue to be a beloved, sacred tradition in honor of Jesus' mother, Mary, among Catholics.
Teens prepare for Polish pilgrimage at Elma retreat
Tue, Apr 5th 2016 03:55 pm
World Youth Day pilgrims explored their personal past, present and future at a daylong retreat on Divine Mercy Sunday. "Mercy Awakens" paid homage to the theme of WYD 2016, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
Relive the 2016 Youth Convention
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 10:00 am
The 2016 Diocesan Youth Convention, titled "Know Mercy," is all wrapped up and in the books, but you can relive the memories in our new exclusive photo gallery.
Teens get to 'Know Mercy' at convention
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 10:00 am
Over 800 high schoolers found themselves surrounded by mercy during the 64th annual diocesan Youth Convention. The teens, in turn, offered their own mercy through service projects and prayer.
This little girl only has half a heart, but she's full of joy for Pope Francis
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 03:00 pm
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (CNA/EWTN News) - Sabrina Puig is eight years old. Due to a rare condition, she only has half a heart. But when Pope Francis passed by, she ran to him.
What Pope Francis told a stunningly large crowd of Mexican youth
Wed, Feb 17th 2016 09:00 am
MORELIA, MEXICO (CNA/EWTN News) - In his visit to Morelia - one of Mexico's most violent cities - Pope Francis had a strong message for the country's youth: rather than allowing themselves to be used and trampled on, he told them to recognize their value and to place their hope in Jesus.
Mount St. Mary Academy plays it cool at high school jazz fest
Tue, Feb 2nd 2016 11:00 am
Mount St. Mary Academy teamed up with area schools in the spirit of jazz. Three Catholic high schools and three public high schools played on the same bill at a jazz festival at Banchetti by Rizzo's, Saturday, Jan. 30, beginning at 6 p.m.
Youth convention brings opportunities to help others
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 04:00 pm
Teens from across the diocese will get to "Know Mercy" at this year's diocesan youth convention. Pope Francis' call for a Jubilee Year of Mercy throughout 2016 inspired the theme of the 64th annual gathering of Catholic teens.
Preparing for WYD with the saints
Fri, Jan 22nd 2016 03:00 pm
As time speeds by, World Youth Day gets closer and closer. The international gathering of Catholic teens and young adults will take place in less than eight months.
Three Canisius students earn Eagle Scout rank
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 01:00 pm
Canisius High School juniors Joe Arno and Warren Arno, and Canisius High School senior Joe McEachon will each be awarded the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America on Sunday, January 24, in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.
Poland comes to Alden for St. John's fundraiser
Thu, Jan 21st 2016 08:00 am
The town of Alden looked a lot like Poland when St. John the Baptist Parish held a special Polka Mass and dinner dance in January. World Youth Day pilgrims hosted the Polish Heritage Dancers and served up kielbasa and pierogi to raise funds for the summer pilgrimage to Krakow.