Catching up …

Stories worth noting before they get too old:

 — At least three of our papers had stories this month remembering the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Check out these stories in The Rhode Island Catholic in Providence, the Intermountain Catholic in Salt Lake City, and the Arkansas Catholic in Little Rock.

– Two interesting stories posted this week on the Web site of the Catholic Explorer, newspaper of the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., are on a local woman who spearheads a ministry to help post-abortive mothers heal and on a praise and worship music group called Second Collection that brings an upbeat tempo to Mass at one parish in the diocese.

– Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver often writes challenging columns in the weekly Denver Catholic Register, and this month has been no exception. He used coverage of the Iowa caucuses to say that the news media “simply don’t ‘get’ religion,” followed that with a column listing “10 simple points” for Catholic citizens to remember when considering political candidates, and this week writes that a Colorado proposal regulating nonprofits who receive state funds would strip Catholic Charities of the freedom it needs to be “Catholic.”

– A well-written feature on how the Retrouvaille program saved the marriage of a couple who faced dark clouds almost immediately after their wedding day is in the current Faith magazine of the Diocese of Erie, Pa.

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