More than 300 young people from around the Diocese were among an audience of 8,000 who enjoyed a day of prayer, adoration, catechesis and celebration at the UK’s biggest annual Catholic youth event.


The theme for Flame 2019, which took place at the SSE Wembley Arena in March, was #Significance – and looked at the underlying role social media can play in shaping people's self esteem.

It was based on the concept that in today’s society young people often feel constrained to measure self-worth simply by Twitter and Instagram “likes”, and responses to Facebook status updates and Snapchat conversations.  Instead, Flame explored the deep Catholic truth of our being – that people are God’s work of art and can only ever understand ourselves in relationship with Him.   

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Catholic Speaker and Flame Keynote, David Wells

Tom Sellars, Diocese Youth Ministry Team Lead, said: “It was very good at getting to the root of contemporary issues to do with social media and addressing them while exploring the core fundamentals of faith.”

Throughout the day there were speakers alongside world class music and drama. They included Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, US gospel speaker Robert Madu, Christian rapper Guvna B and his wife Emma Borquaye, founder of the Girl Got Faith lifestyle blog.

You don't have to be fake. You just have to be you. So stop comparing and complaining and claim your significance.


David Wells

Music and worship were led by award-winning composer Tim Hughes, who has written worship songs including Here I Am to Worship, Happy Day, The Way and Hope & Glory.