Confused about all the hat switching the pope seems to be doing? From CNS: Presto change-oh! It’s the skullcap swap 
Pope Francis met this morning  at the Vatican with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
The cardinal of Lima, Peru, is criticizing the Vatican for opening up to liberation theology, asking the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to "be more prudent." 
From the U.K.: Britain nuclear deal opens door to Chinese ownership 
President Barack Obama signed the bill ending the federal government shutdown at about 12:25 a.m. Eastern time. A shutdown wrap-up:
- The New York Times says Republicans lost basically all they were fighting for: Losing a Lot to Get Little 
- Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne says, "We should never govern ourselves like this again" 
- One representative tells Politico the people who won the shutdown are those who "managed to raise a lot of money off this." 
Pencil Preaching  is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.
Daily Bread  is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.