Editor's Notebook: Cardinal O'Malley's take on Pope Francis, Melinda Gates and contraception, church takeovers in Crimea, and a singing nun.

Happy Friday!
(Remember: no meat today.)

For Lent, the Roman Curia is focusing on theology of the Doctors of the Church, including this one. Later tonight, Pope Francis will pray in a special way for victims of mafia violence.

At a conference in Baltimore, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley shares his thoughts on Pope Francis and his mission.

An article in the Moscow Times reports that Russian Orthodox priests, accompanied by armed men, have attempted to seize two churches in Crimea belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kiev Patriarchate. OSV's editorial board looks at past religious oppression under Russian rule and how persecution is likely to increase.

President Obama meets Pope Francis on March 27. Take a look back on other papal/U.S. president audiences, via the USCCBlogThe Washington Post's Michelle Boorstein has her own analysis.

Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist church, died yesterday. RNS' Cathy Lynn Grossman says his legacy might be the opposite of what he intended.

From the Deacon's Bench, Melinda Gates discusses her faith and contraception.

OSV Associate Editor Scott Warden writes his first blog post on playing catch-up as a spiritual leader in his family. 

And, finally, you won't believe who turned four chairs on The Voice of Italy.

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.