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Youth, Pastoral Care of
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is the traditional term for the churches’ ministry to young people, especially by ordained ministers (Youth chaplain); in Catholicism it is closely associated with the church’s youth work and church-sponsored youth organizations. It encompasses various areas of the church’s ministry to and with young people. It is a subject of academic study in practical theology (Pastoral theology, Religious education, Science of). It is understood both as pastoral care of a particular group (cura specialis) and as one aspect of general pastoral care (cura generalis). Its histo…

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Tzscheetzsch, Werner, “Youth, Pastoral Care of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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