Catholic News Service (CNS) is an American news agency owned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that reports on the Catholic Church.

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The agency's domestic (United States) service shut down on 30 December 2022, but CNS continues to function and provide reports concerning world events and Catholic news. The news agency's domestic distribution platform and archives were acquired by Our Sunday Visitor and used to launch OSV News.

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CNS was established in 1920 as the National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC) Press Department.[1] In the 1960s it became the National Catholic News Service; it later dropped "National" from its name in 1986 to indicate its intention to provide worldwide coverage.[2][3] It is now owned by the USCCB, the NCWC's successor.

From 2004 to 2016, Tony Spence led CNS as its director and editor-in-chief. He was removed in April 2016 after a number of Catholics criticized his posts on Twitter that favored LGBT rights.[4][5]

In February 2021, Pope Francis in a meeting with CNS journalists to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CNS, praised CNS as "an invaluable contribution to the English-speaking world".[6][7]

On 4 May 2022, Catholic News Service announced that it would cease its operations in the United States on 31 December 2022 due to a decision of the USCCB; CNS added that its Rome bureau would continues to operate and "continue to report on Vatican and related international events".[8] The news agency's domestic distribution platform and archives were acquired by Our Sunday Visitor and used to launch the new OSV News.[9]

Organization edit

CNS describes itself as the primary source of national and global news that the US Catholic press reports. It is editorially independent and a financially self-sustaining division of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is based in Washington, DC, United States.[10][11]

The documentary service of CNS, Origins, "publishes texts from the Vatican, [P]ope, bishops, Congress, Senate, Supreme Court and church leaders around the world".[12][13]

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  1. ^ Thomas J. Reese (1992). A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 273–. ISBN 978-1-55612-557-7. Programs in the budget serving others include Catholic News Service (CNS) and Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). CNS, for example, is a wire service founded in 1920
  2. ^ Una M. Cadegan (7 January 2016). In the Logos of Love: Promise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life. Oxford University Press. pp. 173–. ISBN 978-0-19-028004-8. Catholic News Service, created in 1920 by the American bishops, was and remains editorially independent, a financially self-sustaining division of the US ... The National Catholic Welfare Council Press department was the original service. ... The department was reorganized in the 1960s and the name changed to National Catholic News Service of NC News. In 1986, the name was again changed to Catholic News.
  3. ^ Historical Note, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Communications Department/Catholic News Service, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, Catholic University of America (accessed 2016-07-19).
  4. ^ Domonoske, Camila (15 April 2016). "Top Editor At Catholic News Service Reportedly Pushed Out Over Pro-LGBT Tweets". NPR. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  5. ^ Coday, Dennis (14 April 2016). "Catholic News Service editor asked to resign". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Pope thanks CNS, says continue fostering honest communication, truth". Catholic News Service. 1 February 2021. Archived from the original on 1 February 2021.
  7. ^ Ceraso, Gabriella (2 February 2021). "Pope Francis speaks with Catholic News Service about US Church, journey to Iraq". Vatican News. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Catholic News Service to cease domestic operations at year's end". 4 May 2022. Archived from the original on 4 May 2022.
  9. ^ Zimmermann, Carol (7 July 2022). "Our Sunday Visitor announces launch of new Catholic news service in 2023". Catholic News Service. Archived from the original on 8 July 2022. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Mission and History – Catholic News Service". Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  11. ^ Chester Gillis (29 April 2015). Catholic Faith in America. Infobase Learning. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-1-4381-4034-6. Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C. The oldest and largest news wire service specializing in reporting on religion
  12. ^ Crisis Magazine. Sophia Institute Press. November 1982. pp. 7–. were carried by the Religious News Service, which omitted the crucial paragraph, and by National Catholic News Service, which included it. Two weeks later, however, Origins, the documentary service of National Catholic News Service, ran a ...
  13. ^ Mary Ann Walsh (2003). John Paul II: A Light for the World : Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 253–. ISBN 978-1-58051-142-1. Others deserving mention by name include Catholic News Service, especially Thomas N. Lorsung [...] both factual and poetic; the staff of Origins, Catholic News Service's treasured documentary service; and the Catholic News Service library.

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