Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service (CNS) is an American news agency that reports on the Roman Catholic Church. 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, and dropped "National" from its name in 1986 to indicate its intention to provide worldwide coverage.[2][3]

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.[4][5]

The documentary service of CNS, Origins "publishes texts from the Vatican, [P]ope, bishops, Congress, Senate, Supreme Court and church leaders around the world".[6][7]

From 2004 to 2016, Tony Spence led CNS as its director and editor-in-chief. He was removed in April 2016 after some conservative Catholics criticized his posts on Twitter that favored LGBT rights.[8][9]

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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 that provides news stories for 160 Catholic newspapers. It is a $3.9 ...
  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. ^ "Mission and History – Catholic News Service". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  5. ^ 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, ...
  6. ^ 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 ...
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Domonoske, Camila (15 April 2016). "Top Editor At Catholic News Service Reportedly Pushed Out Over Pro-LGBT Tweets". NPR. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  9. ^ Coday, Dennis (14 April 2016). "Catholic News Service editor asked to resign". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 25 July 2016.

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