Editor's Notebook — Nov. 12 Good morning!

Stories out of the Philippines continue to be devastating and remind us that we need to keep praying for the comfort and well-being of the survivors. The pope has pledged $150,000 for relief efforts. You can help too.

Today marks the second day of the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Yesterday, in his closing speech as president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan stressed religious freedom, both at home and abroad. Here's the NY Times' take, too.

David Gibson, of Religion News Service, reports on the challenge issued by papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to the bishops to be more pastoral and less ideological.
 Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops' fall meeting in Baltimore. CNS Photo

The meetings continue this morning, with the most notable highlight being the election of a new USCCB president. Watch the live stream here, or follow along on Twitter here.

A new report on climate change by a U.N.-supported panel "describes a planet in peril," reports the LA Times.

The rise in Italian Church attendance has been attributed to Pope Francis.

A Catholic activist in Pittsburgh is questioning the Church's challenging of the HHS Mandate. This is the Church's position.

Also, are Pope Francis and Cardinal O'Malley BFFs?

Finally, Pope Francis said in his morning homily that even when scolding his children, God does so with a "caress" rather than a "slap."

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.