Military Services Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio this morning issued a statement offering "heartfelt condolences" for the families of the three people killed and 16 injured in Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood. "The remedy for this senseless violence can only be found in a more profound respect for human life, a deeper concern for our neighbors, a willingness to listen rather than to shout, and a reduction in the glorification of violence by our society," he said.
Pope Francis also sent condolences — via telegram — to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, "expressing his affection and closeness to the Chilean people" after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake killed six people and damaged thousands of homes. A second 7.8-magnitude quake struck northern Chile late Wednesday.
Pope Francis also plans to meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II today at the Vatican.
Hundreds of parents packed the gym of Charlotte Catholic High School Wednesday night to criticize a recent school assembly on human sexuality by Nashville Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel.
From Reuters: Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Wednesday of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people.
The Diocese of Little Rock bids farewell to Bishop Emeritus Andrew J. McDonald, 90, who died April 1. (The obituary is beautiful and very much worth reading.)
Yesterday was World Autism Day, and Catholic News Service posted a blog in which a professor reflects on the impact of the disorder. Our Sunday Visitor's recent In Focus on special-needs children is full of information and tips for parents on how to best integrate their kids with the Faith.
Finally: Are you looking to get your teen more engaged in the Catholic faith? This week's In Focus offers insight and guidance to help parents accomplish just that.
Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.