My heart goes out to the faculty and students at Tech, where at least 29 people were killed today in a bizarre shooting. The thought of such an ugly and horrible thing happening where I spent so much peaceful time is just incomprehensible.
May God give the grieving families peace and consolation and heal those who are injured.
From the Vatican (h/t Amy Welborn):
THE MOST REVEREND FRANCIS X. DILORENZOBISHOP OF RICHMOND (U.S.A)
DEEPLY SADDENED BY NEWS OF THE SHOOTING AT VIRGINIA TECH, HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI HAS ASKED ME TO CONVEY THE ASSURANCE OF HIS HEARTFELT PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS, THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS SENSELESS TRAGEDY HE ASKS GOD OUR FATHER TO CONSOLE ALL THOSE WHO MOURN AND TO GRANT THEM THAT SPIRITUAL STRENGTH WHICH TRIUMPHS OVER VIOLENCE BY THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS, HOPE AND RECONCILING LOVE.
CARDINAL TARCISIO BERTONESECRETARY OF STATE.