‘Super Tuesday’ gets attention

A woman emerges from a voting booth with her ballot in Berlin, N.H., during the state's U.S. presidential primary Jan. 8. (CNS/Reuters)This week’s “Super Tuesday” balloting in nearly two dozen states has the attention of some local Catholic newspapers where the contests are being held. Some examples: The Catholic Explorer in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., covered how one parish offered a workshop on how Catholic voters should approach the state’s presidential primary. It also has an editorial on the importance of voting and a review of a new book on how faith has been practiced by occupants of the Oval Office since John F. Kennedy. And The Catholic Spirit in St. Paul, Minn., has a story on how participating in Minnesota’s precinct caucuses can bring Catholic values into the public arena.

PHOTO: A woman emerges from a voting booth with her ballot in Berlin, N.H., during the state’s U.S. presidential primary Jan. 8. (CNS/Reuters)

Six to ‘pay it forward’ for Lent

Another follow-up from an item posted here earlier: The Catholic Spirit in St. Paul, Minn., has announced the winners of its “Pay It Forward for Lent” contest. But instead of three winners being entrusted with $100 each to grow during Lent, the contest ended up with six winners, thanks to a donor who wanted to remain anonymous. The winning ideas range from having children fill 100 M&M tubes with quarters, to second-graders who would make and sell Easter crafts with the $100 seed money and give the proceeds to Catholic Charities.

One unpleasant March for Life experience

Two weeks ago here we told you about Ana Rodriguez-Soto, Miami bureau editor of the Florida Catholic, coming to Washington and blogging from the March for Life. But she had one experience that wasn’t so pleasant: media coverage that sometimes gave equal play to supporters of abortion rights. Read her commentary here.

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