(Vatican Radio) Eleven people remain in critical condition after a gunman opened fire
early yesterday morning in a Colorado theatre, claiming the lives of 12 people and
wounding 58 others.
Police have apprehended 24 year old James Holmes, who
is accused of entering an Aurora cinema during the midnight showing of the most recent
Batman film, where he released tear gas canisters before opening fire.
hundreds of people gathered in the city of Aurora for a candlelight vigil to mourn
those who were killed in Friday’s shooting rampage.
And on Friday evening,
Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila celebrated Mass for the victims of the shooting. “Blessed
are those who mourn,” the Archbishop said in his homily, “for they will be comforted.
The heart of our Father is stronger than the bullets that killed 12 people.
Charities of Denver also issued a statement, saying, “We invite the community to join
us in ongoing and fervent prayer as we seek to serve those who were wounded – physically,
emotionally and spiritually – by this evil act.” The charity will offer counselling
services over the coming weeks to for those in need.
The Chancellor of the
Archdiocese of Denver, James Flynn, spoke to Vatican Radio about how the Church, and
the community, are responding to the tragedy.