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By Catholic News Service 

cns-logoLAFAYETTE, La. (CNS) — Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette offered prayers and sympathy to the victims of a multiplex cinema shooting July 23 in Lafayette in which two were killed and nine wounded.

“On behalf of the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Lafayette, we offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the shooting at the Grand Theater in Lafayette,” Bishop Jarrell said in a July 23 statement. “We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy. We pray that everyone affected by this horror may feel the comforting presence of our Lord Jesus surrounding them during this difficult time.”

The gunman, identified as John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of the movie “Trainwreck.” Of the 13 shots he fired, 11 hit audience members who were watching the film. Continue Reading »

By Patricia L. Guilfoyle Catholic News Service

This is a screenshot of the website goodiswinning.aleteia.org. During Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., Aleteia.org's digital campaign will spread the message "Good Is Winning," an effort to highlight acts of mercy, kindness, courage and dignity in everyday life. (CNS photo/"Good Is Winning" campaign) See POPE-SOCIALMEDIA July 23, 2015.

This is a screenshot of the website goodiswinning.aleteia.org. During Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., Aleteia.org’s digital campaign will spread the message “Good Is Winning,” an effort to highlight acts of mercy, kindness, courage and dignity in everyday life. (CNS photo/”Good Is Winning” campaign) See POPE-SOCIALMEDIA July 23, 2015.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious.

These “nones,” as researchers have called them, are especially found among the millennial generation, generally defined as those who came of age around the year 2000.

A 2014 Pew Research Center study found that the number of people who define themselves as “nones” grew from 16 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2014. Among millennials, the Pew survey showed a sharp decline in the percentage of people who say they’re Catholic, in comparison to older generations. In the three older generations the survey considered, 20-23 percent of adults said they are Catholics, but among millennials, it was 16 percent.

This youthful, religiously unaffiliated demographic presents a golden opportunity for the Catholic Church’s new evangelization, said Kathleen Hessert, founder of Charlotte-based Sports Media Challenge. Hessert, a parishioner of St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, is leading a national digital evangelization initiative by the global Catholic network Aleteia.org in conjunction with the pope’s Sept. 22-27 trip to Philadelphia, New York and Washington. Continue Reading »

Summer Camp 2015

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, shown here during a July 21 news conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez introduced three new auxiliary bishops, Msgr. David G. O'Connell, Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Father Robert Barron during the news conference. ​(CNS photo/Tamara Tirado, The Tidings​) See BISHOPS-LA (UPDATED) July 21, 2015.

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson ​(CNS photo/Tamara Tirado, The Tidings​)

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis appointed three auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, 75, another Los Angeles auxiliary.

The bishops-elect are Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan, 61, a priest of Los Angeles and vicar general and moderator of the curia; Father Robert Barron, 55, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and rector of Mundelein Seminary; and Msgr. David G. O’Connell, 61, a priest of Los Angeles and pastor of St. Michael Parish in Los Angeles.

The appointments were publicized in Washington July 21 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.  Continue Reading »

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