Editor's Notebook — Canonization plans, more Syrian conflict, Russell Crowe, and Pope Francis' newest accolade.

In an audience this morning with families and staff of the Italian Steel Works company, Pope Francis said employment should not be considered as a means for making a profit, but as "a purpose that affects man and his dignity."

Speaking of Pope Francis, he was named the No. 1 world's greatest leader by Fortune magazine today, ahead of Angela Merkel, Alan Mulally, Warren Buffett and Bill Clinton. 

At the Vatican, "a mood of fear" has gripped officials following budget cuts.

With only about five weeks to go before the canonizations of Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, preparations at the Vatican and in Rome are underway.

Also ahead of the canonizations, the U.S. bishops designate the Pope John Paul II center in Washington, D.C., a national shrine.

After an day of intense fighting in Syria, troops have closed a border crossing into Lebanon.

The first J.R.R. Tolkien "Beowulf" translation is to be published in May, and is edited by the author's son, Christopher Tolkien.

And, for the news you didn't know you needed to know, Russell Crowe attended yesterday's papal audience, but the star of "Noah" didn't get what he wanted.

The new issue of OSV Newsweekly is now online, and it's one of my favorites. It contains lots of diverse, inspiring stories and an in-depth In Focus on Common Core — as well as informative news analyses and thoughtful commentary. 

Also, ICYMI, the Daily Take blog has a new feature to interact with Newsweekly readers. Check it out!

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV.