A new U.S. jobs report shows that the country’s economy is gaining, with March adding more jobs than any other month in the last three years. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent, CNN.
At today’s Good Friday prayers in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa equated criticism over the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals with “collective violence” suffered by the Jews. The comparison drew outrage from Jewish groups and groups representing abuse victims. While the Pope was in attendance, a Vatican spokesman said Cantalamessa’s views do not represent the Church, BBC News.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Hugo Chavez in Venezuela today. Chavez hopes to expand his influence in the Western world, and billions of dollars of Russian arms sales to Venezuela over the last decade have connected the two countries, NY Times.
Fighting continues on the border Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the fifth straight day. Shia Houthis in Yemen have been fighting the Yemen military for their own government since August. The fighting has recently expanded to include Saudi border areas and the Saudi military, Al Jazeera.
Jason Rodriguez, a former employee of Reynolds Smith & Hills in Orlando, Florida, entered the business yesterday and shot 6, killing 1 and wounding 5. He was arrested at his home. Rodriguez was fired from the engineering firm two years ago and recently filed for bankruptcy, CNN.
The U.S. Labor Department announced that the jobless rate for Americans is over 10%, a 26-year high, ABC News.
A British tourist was killed when a man walked into a bar in Amarillo, Texas and opened fire. The shooter, whose motives are unknown, is in custody, BBC News.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 and injured 38 when he opened fire in a Soldier Readiness Center at the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas, was sent to Fort Hood for a “fresh start” after having a difficult time at Walter Reed. Questions about whether the military missed warning signs that Hasan was unstable, USA Today. A FBI team has been dispatched to Fort Hood to reenact the shooting in an effort to understand how events unfolded, USA Today. More on the victims of the Fort Hood shooting, New York Times. Reflections on the Fort Hood tragedy by a veteran of Vietnam, New York Times.
A NATO airstrike yesterday mistakenly killed Afghan police and civilians. The strike occurred during a search for two 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers who are missing, Washington Post.