Catholic youth are invited to document a day of prayer, service or philanthropy with a short video

CHICAGO (January 16, 2014) In response to Pope Francis' continual call since World Youth Day 2013 to “make some noise,” Catholic Extension is encouraging youth nationwide to extend to beyond themselves with a day of prayer, service or philanthropy, and to document their efforts with a short video. Extension Day offers top finalists the opportunity for their video to be viewed and recognized by Pope Francis.

Extension Day is organized by Catholic Extension, a national organization that has supported people, their ministries and their churches for over 100 years.

Top videos will be determined by online social support and a panel of influential judges, including:

Extension Day video entries, which should be no more than two minutes long, are being accepted through February 3, 2014, in any language. They will be evaluated on creativity, passion and impact of their message. In addition to possible recognition from Pope Francis, finalists will be eligible for grants to benefit their ministry. To learn more, go to

“Just as he did at World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis continues to speak to  young Catholics and challenges them to boldly bring the presence of Christ to those on the periphery,” said Joseph Boland, Vice President of Mission, Catholic Extension. “As a papal society, Catholic Extension is responding to the Holy Father’s deepest wish by encouraging young Catholics across America to ‘make some noise’.”

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About Catholic Extension

Catholic Extension uniquely contributes to the growth and vibrancy of the church in the U.S. by strategically investing in poor mission dioceses to unleash the power of faith that transforms hearts, lives and society. Based in Chicago, this national organization provides funding resources to dioceses and parishes to support programs and services investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. This support is given based on need, as well as passion and commitment to the growth of the Catholic faith. Since 1905, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $500 million to communities across America. For more information, visit