The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

‘The Twelve’ help Pope Francis make his Dream a Reality!

Don’t miss our own Diocese of Leeds Youth Commission, ‘The Twelve’ taking part with Pope Francis in an international online conference based on his His Holiness’ new book, Let Us Dream.

‘The Twelve’ were invited to participate in ‘A Politics Rooted in the People’, an international online conference based around Pope Francis’ new book called Let us Dream, with the aim of providing an insight into how the group is pioneering the next generation of Church leadership in the Diocese of Leeds. The event  place via online webcast on Thursday 15 April at 4pm and will include a recorded message from Pope Francis.

On Thursday 8 April, members of The Twelve met to record an informal discussion in which they contemplated their achievements to date in influencing decision-making within the Diocese of Leeds and beyond. They discussed their successful meetings with Bishop Marcus, who will also contribute to the conference. The group also evaluated the progress it has made on its two key priorities: Communications and Social Action, during its meetings with key figures throughout the Diocese.

Cian, a member of The Twelve from Leeds who attends Mass at the Cathedral said, ‘“A Politics Rooted in the People” represents an unrivalled opportunity to share the successes of ‘The Twelve’ with many Catholics across the world. It is our hope that we can inspire young people to take a leading role in shaping the future of the Church.’

Our young Catholic leaders who hail from parishes across the Diocese of Leeds will join keynote speaker Austen Ivereigh (Pope Francis’ biographer who helped His Holiness compile the book), plus representatives of Caritas Social Action Network, community organisers and academics from across the world to take forward the Pope’s remarkable call for the Church to embrace ‘A Politics Rooted in the People’.


Open to all and free of charge, the conference will run from 4pm to 8pm this evening and most of the sessions will be webcast to a dedicated conference channel here …

The session from Leeds will be webcast here


‘Let Us Dream contains the clearest endorsement ever by a Pope of broad-based community organising, and the “inclusive populism” it embodies’. (Austen Ivereigh)
An Easter Resource compiled by Mgr Kevin McGinnell (Episcopal Vicar for Education at Northampton Diocese and Secretary to the CBCEW Spirituality Committee) has been produced as a study or book-club guide for Pope Francis’ Let us Dream and may be viewed or downloaded here.