Editor's Notebook — Nov. 21 Good morning.

Today is the feast of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Francis will be making a special trip to commemorate.

In his morning homily, the pontiff cited Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI by making a plea for religious liberty in the Mideast while addressing patriarchs and major archbishops of Eastern churches. 

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said it was "disgraceful" that legislators in Illinois "would manipulate the words of Pope Francis to suggest that he would support marriage redefinition."

On the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of JFK, a news outlet in Raleigh, N.C., says the event opened the eyes of Southerners to Catholicism. Read our in-depth In Focus on the JFK presidency from a Catholic perspective. And don't miss this animated timeline of his life. 

Indianapolis is rolling out the welcome mat for 23,000 Catholic youths this weekend. 

The World Economic Forum lists the Top 10 trends of 2014 — and they're mostly depressing. 

Tim Montgomerie in the Times in London says Pope Francis is no liberal, but a "true Catholic." Click on first link if you have a subscription to the Times; the second if you don't.

From the Independent, Francis knows the real battles are yet to come.

Finally, the trailer has been released for a new movie based on the widely popular book "Heaven is for Real." And ALL NEW content is posted at our beautifully redesigned website OSV.com. 

Have a wonderful day.

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.