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By Catholic News Service

cns-logoJAMESTOWN, Va. (CNS) — The identities of four men discovered almost two years ago at the site of Jamestown’s historic 1608 church have been identified and one of the men had been buried with a silver box that is “likely a Catholic reliquary.”

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne announced the men’s identities July 28. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Summer Camp 2015

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