Editor's Notebook — Ukraine, a fight against human trafficking, and a St. Patrick's Day surprise.

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In the midst of the referendum vote in Ukraine this weekend, a Greek Catholic priest was abducted and released. According to Catholic News Service, the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk met with Pope Francis at the Vatican this morning.

The head of Shanghai's underground Catholic church dies. 

St. Patrick is depicted in a stained-glass window at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, N.Y.
CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

The Vatican, in conjunction with other Christians and Muslims, launched the Global Freedom Network Monday to eradicate human trafficking.

German Catholic bishops call for revision of the Church's ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion.

After a Lenten retreat last week, Pope Francis is back to work, with Sunday's Angelus and a visit to a provincial parish in a neighborhood east of Rome, during which he preached and children crowded around him on the floor. 

And a special treat just for today: A St. Patrick's Day history, a la History channel.

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.