FINAL DEBATE  Biden and Trump exchanged jabs over their families' financial entanglements, coronavirus, and immigration. Trump told Biden: “You owe an explanation to the American people" about allegations that foreign government officials paid his son Hunter Biden large sums of money for access to his father. Biden said that he hasn't “taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life." Regarding the coronavirus, Biden pinned the blame for more than 200,000 COVID deaths on Trump. The president responded that lockdowns also had terrible effects, from drug addiction to suicides.  READ
TRANSITION FROM OIL?  President Trump needled Joe Biden several times over his previous opposition to oil fracking, noting that Biden has backed off his statements as he campaigns for votes in Pennsylvania. Biden responded by embracing a winding down of our domestic oil production. “I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said. Trump sounded astonished by the concession: “That's a big statement. ... He's going to destroy the oil industry.”  READ
SENATE PANEL BACKS ACB  The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The vote was unanimous because every Senate Democrat on the committee boycotted the meeting and placed photos of Obamacare patients in their seats. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called the process “illegitimate.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back, saying that Schumer was “lashing out in random ways.”  READ
POLITICS & THE SUPREME COURT  The Republican majority in the Senate is poised to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday. Attempts by Democrats to stall the nomination, with vicious attacks on her faith and her family, have not been successful. Court analyst Mollie Hemingway noted: “It took a few decades of the left playing the exact same games with most confirmation battles, but finally, the right figured out how to render those attacks worthless. It’s not just conservative Americans, but the senators themselves who are playing this differently.”  READ
COVID DRUG APPROVED  The FDA has approved the antiviral drug remdesivir, sold under the name Veklury, as a treatment for coronavirus. It is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval.  READ
A BETTER DISHWASHER  The Trump administration has finalized a new rule to allow one class of dishwashers to clean a load in less than an hour. Dishwashers in recent years take on average two and a half hours to wash a load of dishes — that's because of government regulations that mandated them to be high efficiency.  READ
VATICAN-CHINA DEAL  The Vatican announced that it renewed its controversial agreement with China on the appointment of bishops. Despite the agreement, religious observance is strictly curtailed in China. Religious education of any person under the age of 18 is illegal and the clergy are imprisoned if they refuse to support the Communist Party.  READ
NOVENA FOR THE KNIGHTS  The Knights of Columbus began a novena leading up to the beatification of its founder, Father Michael McGivney, on Oct. 31. “We are praying that many graces will come through the beatification of Father McGivney, that by his example of virtue we may be inspired to put our faith into action for the good of our families, parishes, and communities,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.  READ
CATHOLIC 101  Why does the Church baptize babies? John Salza explains: “Jesus said that the kingdom of God also belongs to children (see Mt 18:4; Mk 10:14). He never put an age limit upon those eligible to receive His grace.”  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Born at a time when the bubonic plague had decimated the population and the Church was split with two, maybe three, claimants to the papacy, Saint John Capistrano was a voice of strength and hope. He was known for his preaching and his ability to reconcile warring factions. His talents were felt in the Church and in the Franciscan Order.  READ
DAILY READINGS  “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” (Psalm 24:1)  READ
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