At Mass this morning, Pope Francis warned against the "dictatorship of ... thought" that kills "people's freedom, their freedom of conscience."
The pope also spoke out strongly against human trafficking, which he called "an open wound on the body of contemporary society."
An ecumenical prayer service is planned for the victims of Wednesday's stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa.
Catholic schools in Ontario are trying to grapple with a recent court decision that said their students can opt-out of religious services or activities.
In Charlotte, a priest says sins were committed in the incident between parents and a Nashville Dominican sister following her talk on homosexuality. In a statement, Bishop Peter Jugis expresses "shock" over the "lack of charity."
From Catholic News Service: Continued vandalism in the Holy Land just weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit.
Also, the USCCB has released a resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes.
From Religion News Service: Will the latest translation of the Roman Missal get another overhaul?
Is Mary weeping in Indiana?
Just in time for Holy Week: Follow the Way of the Cross at this monumental shrine.
Finally, a fascinating listen: Why people exaggerate religious behavior.
Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.
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