If you’re young and want to stand up for global justice, the Caritas Youth Forum is the place for you.
The Caritas Youth Forum was set up to encourage young people’s participation in Caritas. We hope it will create a greater sense of ownership among young people who work or volunteer with Caritas, in order to help advance the vision and mission of the Caritas confederation.
The worldwide Caritas family can help you find great ways to live out your faith and change the world around you for the better. So learn from each other, share your experiences. Volunteer. Bring our societies closer together. Play your part.
“Dear young people, the Church expects great things of you and your generosity. Don’t be afraid to aim high!”
Find Caritas Youth at World Youth Day 2019
Young people at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016 said they were motivated by a spirit of adventure. Photo: Caritas Poland
World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama is coming up fast – 22-27 January – and we can’t wait to see you at this fantastic global gathering. WYD is a major gathering of Catholic young people from every country of the world which regularly attracts more than a million people.
Don’t miss our unique Caritas Youth Event at WYD2019. Spend an interactive afternoon with us getting into the critical issue of embracing diversity and the ‘culture of encounter’. You’re invited to take part in a special ‘silent play’ – a virtual pilgrimage on a refugee theme. It’s a special mix of digital technology and participatory theatre.
You’ll experience the culture of encounter through a guided interactive performance and join a lively conversation with our very own Cardinal Chito Tagle on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 from 1pm to 4.20pm at Teatro Anita Villaz. Click here to see the location of the venue on Google Maps.
Join the build-up by taking part in one of our pre-World Youth Day field trips or workshops in the week before WYD.
Pre-World Youth Day field trips and workshops (15-21 January)
Come and learn about how indigenous people really care for our common home on our field trip to Lake Alajuela. Or be part of Caritas’s action network for a day.
Get to know other young Panamanians and Caritas pilgrims from around the globe in a whole menu of different workshops in Panama City.
Tell us if you’re coming to World Youth Day 2019
Caritas youth leading the way
Youth groups and young adults in Caritas around the globe are showing the way to connect with each other to build a better world.
“Through friendship, action for others and reflecting on faith, these inspiring projects show how things can change when you believe in something big,” says youth leader Sarah Burrows from the UK.
Representatives from young Caritas Tirol.
Caritas youth leaders across Europe are creating a dynamic network that connects young people to swap ideas and work together for a fairer society.
On 23rd November, at the first ever YoungCaritas conference, Caritas youth leaders in 32 European countries made a joint ‘Vienna Declaration’.
It’s a pledge to give young people opportunities to put their beliefs into action by working for social justice. “It’s a fantastic chance to make a change alongside other people who feel the same as you,” says Caritas Internationalis Youth Forum Facilitator Alfonso Apicella.