"Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility. It has failed to pass a budget and, as a result, much of our government must now shut down until Congress funds it again." – President Barack Obama, after the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding.
"People at my age should have a rest, but I still have to work to make our ends meet. My wife and I have no pension, no health insurance. I'm scared of thinking of being sick – I don't know how I can pay for the medical care." – Truong Tien Thao, who runs a small tea shop on the sidewalk near his home in Hanoi, Vietnam, commenting after a global study by the United Nations and an elder rights group said the world is aging so fast that most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people.
"It's a war that you don't fight with weapons, but with your tongue." – Pope Francis, as he convenes his parallel cabinet for a first round of talks on reforming the Catholic Church, bringing eight cardinals from around the globe together in a novel initiative to get local church leaders involved in helping make decisions for the 1.2-billion strong universal Catholic Church.