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The Catholic Herald is a London-based Roman Catholic weekly newspaper and starting December 2014 a magazine, published in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United States. It reports a total circulation of about 21,000 copies distributed to Roman Catholic parishes, wholesale outlets, and postal subscribers.

Catholic Herald
Catholic Herald magazine (4 August 2017)
Owner(s)Sir Rocco Forte
Lord Black of Crossharbour
EditorLuke Coppen
HeadquartersHerald House, Lambs Passage, Bunhill Row, London, England
The Catholic Herald (1 November 2013)


The Catholic Herald was established as a newspaper in 1888.[1] It was first owned and edited by Derry-born Charles Diamond until his death in 1934. After his death the paper was bought by Ernest Vernor Miles, a recent convert to Roman Catholicism and head of the New Catholic Herald Ltd. Miles appointed Count Michael de la Bédoyère as editor, a post he held until 1962. De la Bédoyère's news editor was writer Douglas Hyde, also a convert who arrived from the Communist Daily Worker.[2] De la Bédoyère almost went to prison for criticising what he saw as Churchill's appeasement of the "godless" Soviet Union.[1] In the 1980s, when Peter Stanford became the editor, the publication openly supported left-wing politics in South America.[1] Stephen Bates of The Guardian says that in the later 1990s and early 2000s under William Oddie, the publication moved to the right and published criticism of liberal bishops and Jesuits. Bates went on to say that editor Luke Coppen, installed in 2004, takes a more embracing stance towards Catholics of all political hues. During his tenure, Oddie lost a libel suit against Bates.[1]

The online version of the magazine includes articles from the print edition of The Catholic Herald, as well as web-only content such as the coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 trip to the United States. The site was revamped in November 2013.

In December 2014 it became a magazine, with a revamped website covering breaking news.[3] "The" was dropped from the title and the magazine started being known as Catholic Herald. A relaunch party on 11 December 2014 was attended by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Princess Michael of Kent.[3] Until recently, the magazine was owned by Sir Rocco Forte and Lord Black of Crossharbour.[3][4] In May 2019, Black sold his 47.5% share in the Herald to Brooks Newmark, a homelessness campaigner who was previously the Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree and Bill Cash, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stone in Staffordshire.

The Scottish Catholic Observer is owned by the Catholic Herald.

A US edition of the Catholic Herald was launched on 16 November 2018 under the editorship of Michael Warren Davis.


Clerical sexual abuse: Pell caseEdit

In 2019, in response to an Australian court of appeals upholding the conviction of Cardinal George Pell of historic child sexual abuse, the Herald published an editorial claiming that the conviction was unsound and motivated by "anti-Catholic sentiment akin to the anti-semitism once faced by Dreyfus".[5]


Its editors have included:



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Herald of Change". The Guardian. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. ^ Kevin Morgan. "Obituary: Douglas Hyde", The Independent (London), 29 September 1996
  3. ^ a b c "Catholic Herald relaunch party". Tatler. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Black is back among friends and enemies". London Evening Standard. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2016. On Friday, however, his Lordship returns to the real world when he attends a quarterly board meeting at the Catholic Herald, where he remains a joint major shareholder.
  5. ^ ‘I respectfully dissent’: Justice Weinberg’s brave rebuttal of the case against Pell - The Catholic Herald, 23 Aug. 2019
  6. ^ Reid, Stuart (24 January 1998). "OBITUARY: Desmond Albrow". The Tablet. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Gerard Noel, Catholic Herald editor – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Coppen, Luke (30 September 2016). "A note to our readers". The Catholic Herald. p. 3. Since we became a magazine in 2014 we have published articles by AN Wilson, Cardinal Pell, Howard Jacobson, Libby Purves, Peter Hitchens, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Ross Douthat.
  9. ^ Catholic Herald/Rolheiser
  10. ^ "Is the media biased against the Pope?". The Daily Telegraph. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2016. Catholic Herald blogger Milo Yiannopoulos discusses whether some parts of the media have been biased against the Pope.

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