Editor's Notebook — Nov. 13 Happy feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized!
 Mother Cabrini. CNS photo

Here's a little background from OSV's Catholic Almanac: Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini) (1850-1917): American foundress; b. Italy; founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, 1877; settled in the U.S. 1889; became an American citizen at Seattle 1909; worked among Italian immigrants; canonized 1946, the first American citizen so honored; Nov. 13 (U.S.).

In the news today:
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday. Last year he wrote a beautiful reflection on his brother George, who had Down syndrome.

Also at their annual meeting, the USCCB approved five liturgical items regarding Roman Missal translation, marriage and confirmation. Look for a full round-up in next week's OSV Newsweekly. 

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput recommends that Catholics concerned with Pope Francis should assess him after one year, "rather than trying to size him up at each speech."
 Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz. CNS photo

Filipino Cardinal Tagle gave a moving interview with Vatican Radio about the disaster in the Philippines. People are suffering; help here. 

From the Deacon's Bench, a Protestant blogger writes on what has shocked him most about Pope Francis.

In Rome, CNS' Carol Glatz reports that there might be a change in protocol tomorrow during Pope Francis' first official state visit to Italy. 

From the pope himself at this morning's general audience: confession is like a second baptism. 

At Busted Halo, Sr. Bernadette Reis asks just how "Good Samaritan" are you?

Finally, the new issue of OSV Newsweekly will be online this afternoon. Until then, take a look at last week's, including our most popular stories online, this one and this one. 

Have a great day!

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.