Editor's Notebook — Nov. 7 Pope Francis this morning announced the themes for World Youth Days for the next three years, including the 2016 gathering in Krakow, Poland.

In a recent letter, the Vatican reminds U.S. Catholics that the Vatican hasn't yet ruled on the validity of alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje.

As U.S. bishops meet next week in Baltimore, how much will the "Francis effect" affect the U.S. Church?

The Supreme Court is hearing a case on prayer — specifically on the approach to public prayer of a small town in New York. 

The senior leader for the Legionaries of Christ steps down in the midst of reform of the order following revelations of "grave abuse and corruption" by its founder.

ICYMI: Boston's Cardinal O'Malley urges Congress to support a measure that would require health plans to disclose whether or not they subsidize abortion.

Also, my former colleague Katie Bahr at the Arlington Catholic Herald in Virginia wrote this beautiful editorial piece on a recent mission trip to Peru, in which she highlights her four biggest take-aways. It's long, but worth reading every word.

And OSV's editorial this week examines why there seems to be no room for God anymore.

Finally, please read this post by Elizabeth Scalia yesterday, which articulates beautifully the importance of heartfelt moments. And watch the video — with a tissue.

Have a great Thursday!

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.