Editor's Notebook: Obama and Francis, most powerful Catholic, strong words for mafia, and a baseball legend.

Good morning!

Welcome to the third week of Lent. Are you still praying your way through it? 

On Saturday, Pope Francis named members of the commission on sexual abuse, which includes Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and four laywomen.

Reuters reports that a strike of Israeli diplomats looms over Pope Francis' May visit to the Holy Land.

In advance of the meeting of President Obama and Pope Francis at the Vatican this week, the news has been hopping. 

-- The New York Times looks at Obama's "Catholic roots." (This piece got a lot of attention, including this response from the National Review Online.)

-- National Public Radio talks to three people about what it means to be Catholic in 2014.

-- Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker also weighs in.

On Friday night, Pope Francis had some strong words for the mafia

At his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis said "each encounter with Jesus changes our life, forever."

He also appealed for an end to violence in conflict-ridden South Sudan.

In a new interview, Vatican-watcher John Thavis reflects on the Church under Pope Francis.

In other news, USA Today says this guy is the most powerful Catholic in the United States. 

Catholic Charities in New Jersey provides immediate care for those in crisis.

With baseball’s opening day right around the corner, The Catholic Sun in Phoenix, Ariz., has this Q and A with baseball legend Tommy Lasorda — who the paper calls a “Catholic to the core.”

Have a wonderful day.

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