Editor's Notebook — Holy Week galore; abortion rights bill; Common Core; and a big Happy Birthday!

In his General Audience today, Pope Francis reflected on Christ's passion, death and resurrection that we will celebrate over the next four days. "Out of love for us," the pope said, "Jesus freely walked the path of humiliation and self-abandonment for our salvation." CNS reports, with a video.

Fox News reports on Catholic schools and the Common Core. And, ICYMI, OSV Newsweekly covered the same issue extensively in March.

In Brooklyn this high school is closing after more than half-a-century following a plummet in enrollment. 

In Colorado, more than 1,000 pro-lifers turned out to protest SB 175 — a bill that, if passed, would block pro-life legislation in the state. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila wrote an open letter to Colorado voters asking them to take action.

With Holy Thursday nearly upon us, David Gibson at RNS wonders: When Pope Francis washes women's feet and arguments follow, who is right?

Prepare for Good Friday with Pope Francis' Via Crucis meditations. Also, a commentary by Fr. James Martin, S.J., on what Gethsemane teaches us about suffering.

Speaking of Holy Week, right now is the perfect opportunity to explore this guide to the most sacred time in the liturgical year. There are Holy Week customs, 12 ways to make Holy Week more meaningful and even a quiz.  

And, ICYMI one of our most popular stories from last week, this would be the perfect place to go (or at least read about) this week.

Finally, Happy Birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who turns 87 today.

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