Faith, Media & Culture

Here are today’s dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

1. Church offers psychological and spiritual support for Aurora shooting victims . The Regina Caeli Counseling Services of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver is offering counseling services to those affected by last week’s tragic shootings during an overnight showing of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. The Archdiocese is also providing spiritual direction from priests to anyone who seeks it.

Following the nightmarish attack, Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Bishop James Conley of the Archdiocese of Denver issued a joint statement  in which they prayed for the dead and wounded, their families and for the accused shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes (the gunman who early Friday opened fire and set off gas canisters in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58).

“Only Jesus Christ can overcome the darkness of such evil,” they said in the statement. Archbishop Aquila celebrated a Mass for victims, survivors and their families July 20 at Queen of Peace Parish in Aurora. Bishop Conley led an invocation July 22 during a prayer vigil at the Aurora Municipal Center.

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On Sunday, Benedict XVI called the mass murder an act of  “senseless violence.”  Speaking from his summer resident at Castel Gandalfo, the Pontiff said “I share the distress of the families and friends of the victims and the injured, especially the children.”

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Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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