Editor's Notebook — Oct. 16 Happy feast of St. Gerard, patron of motherhood and childbirth!

In his general audience this morning, Pope Francis gave another three-point catechesis, in which he stressed that the Church is apostolic. Are we missionaries with our words, our Christian lifestyles, he asked. Or are we "sacristy Christians," closed inside our parishes?

Deacon Greg Kandra has everything you need to know about a funeral — to be held by priests formerly affiliated with the Society of St. Pius X and eventually apparently called off — of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke.

Church agencies in India are preparing for a massive relief effort after Cyclone Phailin destroyed hundreds of thousand of homes and affected some 9 million people.

Outgoing Vatican secretary of state stresses continuity between popes.

Crisis Magazine wonders: Is schism inevitable in Germany?

Oct. 16 is World Food Day. Pope Francis condemned the "globalization of indifference" and said hunger should not be "an inevitable fact."


Today is the 35th anniversary of the election of John Paul II — celebrate by watching this cool video.

And, lastly, Pope Francis sent 200 euros to a woman who wrote him a letter saying she'd been robbed.

From earlier this week, ICYMI:

Father Ray Leonard filed a lawsuit Monday in Washington's federal district court for access to Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, where he "wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith community free of charge."

From Monday's Washington Post: Conservative Catholics question Pope Francis' approach.

Online today: The Oct. 27 issue of OSV Newsweekly, with a story on the recent veto of California Gov. Jerry Brown, an update on HHS mandate efforts, a profile on Nikki Bruni (a faithful participant in 40 Days for Life), and an In Focus on the devil. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for front page previews and content.

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.