Zenit News Agency

ZENIT is a non-profit news agency that reports on the Catholic Church and matters important to it from the perspective of Catholic doctrine. Its motto is "the world seen from Rome."


The ZENIT Internet site describes the perspective of the agency as one which is "convinced of the extraordinary richness of the Catholic Church's message, particularly its social doctrine ... [and which] sees this message as a light for understanding today's world." ZENIT's "compass is the social doctrine of the Church, summarized in the Compendium[1] published by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace"[2] of the Holy See.

The name "ZENIT" denotes "zenith" in many languages, being the highest point in the sky that the Sun reaches, which is a symbol associated with Jesus Christ by early Christians.[3]


ZENIT began publication in 1997 and presently publishes in seven languages. By its own account, ZENIT has 520,000 email subscribers and its articles have been reprinted in more than 100,000 media sources.[3]

A number of Catholic authors, e. g. Christopher West,[4] have cited ZENIT reports in their printed works.


According to the ZENIT site, Innovative Media Inc. publishes and edits the publications of the agency, and ZENIT works directly or in collaboration with the following non-profits internationally: Fundación ZENIT España in Spain, Association ZENIT in France, ZENIT eV in Germany, and Asociacao ZENIT in Brazil.[3] Innovative Media Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in New York, United States, according to ZENIT, and is registered as a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia.[5][6][7] Its president is Antonio Maza.[8]

ZENIT states that Aid to the Church in Need, the Italian Episcopal Conference, and the Legion of Christ largely funded it during its first three years.[9] As of 2007, ZENIT stated that donations of its readers account for 75% of its funding and donations of institutions and benefactors for 13%.[10] One report in the progressive Commonweal magazine alleges that Innovative Media Inc. is a "front" for the Legion of Christ.[11]

See also


  1. ^ http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
  2. ^ "ZENIT FAQ - Organization". zenit.org. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c ZENIT website | Audience. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  4. ^ West, Christopher (2003). Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s "Gospel of the Body". Gracewing. p. 487. ISBN 0-85244-600-4.
  5. ^ ZENIT FAQ - Identity and Organization. Retrieved July 2007.
  6. ^ TaxExemptWorld.com | Innovative Media Inc Report. Retrieved July 2007.
  7. ^ Internal Revenue Service | Search for Charities, Online Version of Publication 78. Searched for Innovative Media (all words), nationwide. Retrieved July 2007.
  8. ^ ZENIT website | The ZENIT team. Retrieved July 2007.
  9. ^ All About ZENIT | Growth and Financing Retrieved July 2007.
  10. ^ zenit.org | Annual Budget. Retrieved July 2007.
  11. ^ Schilling, Timothy (8 September 2006). "Spreading the News: A Report on Europe's New Evangelization". Commonweal. Section on ZENIT is also available here [1].

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Aleteia is an online Catholic news and information website founded in 2011/2012 by the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media. It is based in France and operates in six languages worldwide. It has the approval of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.The President of the foundation is Olivier Bonnassies, Bruno Riviere de Precourt. Members and Paolo Padrini are active in managing the Spanish site.The word aletheia (Ancient Greek: ἀλήθεια) means truth or disclosure in philosophy. It was used in Ancient Greek philosophy and revived in the 20th century by Martin Heidegger.

Baruch Tenembaum

Baruch Tenembaum (born 9 July 1933, in Argentina at the Las Palmeras colony, a Santa Fe provincial settlement for Jewish immigrants escaping from the Russian pogroms of 1880), the grandson and son of Jewish gauchos, he studied in Buenos Aires and Rosario. He is best known as an interfaith activist, most recently with the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. World gambling operator Ladbrokes gave Baruch Tenembaum a 1/40 odds to win the prize, as opposed to 1/20 to the actual winner, US President Barack Obama. In a recent interview to Zenit News Agency, he was asked about his nomination for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, to what he replied: "Who I am?...just a descendant of slaves". Tenembaum characterized his life as being dedicated "to thank those human beings who saved lives, who risked themselves. [...] At the Wallenberg Foundation we work intensively to discover, among others, the exceptional deeds of those heroic human beings."

The Wallenberg Foundation aims to pay tribute to the "Saviors of the Holocaust", recognizing those who "risked their lives and freedom to save thousands of Jews from a certain death in hands of the Nazis during the Second World War", the site of the foundation explains. Lately, the foundation's charter has expanded to highlight the legacies of rescuers in other major conflicts, such as the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Baruch Tenembaum is a resident of Gibraltar and a member of its small and bustling Jewish community. From Gibraltar, he continues his relentless voluntary work to further the mission of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.

Brian Farrell (bishop)

Brian Farrell, LC (born 8 February 1944), is an Irish Catholic bishop and currently Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Within the Council he is Vice-President of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.Bishop Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland. He joined the Legion of Christ in 1961 and was ordained a priest on 26 November 1969 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rome. From 1970 to 1976 he was the novice director in the Legionary seminary in Orange, Connecticut, US. He obtained his licentiate in philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University and his licentiate in theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and in 1981 earned a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. From 1981 to 2002 he served the Vatican's Secretariat of State, from 1999 as head of the English desk in the Office of General Affairs.On 19 December 2002 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Abitinae and named Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He was consecrated a bishop on 6 January 2003 by Pope John Paul II; his consecrators were Archbishops Leonardo Sandri and Antonio Maria Vegliò.

In 2003 Bishop Farrell contributed an article to the catalogue for "The Tension of Origin," an exhibition of works by Italian artist Giovanni Bonaldi which engaged in Jewish-Christian dialogue through artistic expression.

In 2010 Bishop Farrell was one of four advisors to Archbishop Velasio De Paolis during his task as Papal Delegate to the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, and assisted him in fulfilling his duties in the reorganisation of the Mexican congregation. In 2015 he ordained twenty new Legionaries of Christ deacons.Bishop Farrell is the older brother of Kevin Cardinal Farrell, the former Bishop of Dallas. Cardinal Farrell was appointed by Pope Francis in August 2016 as the first Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.


Catholic-Hierarchy.org is an online database of bishops and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. The website is not officially sanctioned by the Church. It is run as a private project by David M. Cheney in Kansas City.

Catholic Church in Botswana

The Catholic Church in Botswana is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in the Vatican City. Catholics represent about 5-6% of the total population.

Catholic Church in Cape Verde

The Catholic Church in the Cape Verde is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are over 430,000 Catholics in the country which represents over 90% of the total population. The country is divided into two dioceses: Mindelo and Santiago de Cabo Verde.

Catholic Church in Kazakhstan

The Catholic Church in Kazakhstan is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the pope in Rome.

Catholic Church in Kuwait

The Catholic Church in Kuwait is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.

There are over 140,000 Catholics in the country - representing about 6% of the population.

There are no dioceses in the country, but Kuwait falls under the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia. The current superior is the Italian bishop Camillo Ballin.

There was a cathedral in Kuwait City dedicated to the Holy Family. However, this church lost its status as a cathedral after the apostolic vicariate moved its headquarters to Bahrain.

The other parishes are St. Thérèse Parish, Salmiya and Our Lady of Arabia Parish, Ahmadi. In 2002, the Salesian religious order started an English language school in the country.

Catholic Church in Nepal

The Catholic Church in Nepal is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. As of 2011 there are over 10,000 Catholics in Nepal, organized into one Catholic jurisdiction known as an apostolic vicariate.Catholicism was first propagated in Nepal during the 18th century, though from 1810 to 1950 no missionaries were allowed in Nepal. Since 1951, missionaries have again been allowed to enter the country, though proselytism has remained illegal, and conversion to Christianity remained illegal until 1990. In 1983 a mission sui iuris covering Nepal was created, and in 1996 it was raised to an Apostolic Prefecture. The 1990 Nepali constitution did not guarantee religious freedom for Christians, but as of May 2006 Nepal has been declared a secular state. The interim constitution, finalized in 2007, guarantees some religious freedom but prohibits people from trying to convert others. On February 10, 2007, Benedict XVI elevated the prefecture of Nepal to the rank of a vicariate and appointed Anthony Francis Sharma as the first vicar and first Nepalese bishop of the Catholic Church.

Catholic Church in Ukraine

The Catholic Church in Ukraine (Ukrainian: Католицька церква в Україні) is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.

The majority of Catholics in Ukraine belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, while significant numbers of others belong to the Latin Church (known as Roman Catholic), Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church, or Armenian Catholic Church.

Catholic Church in Uzbekistan

The Catholic Church in Uzbekistan is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome.

There are approximately 5000 Catholics in the country of 27 million. They are organized under a single Apostolic Administration of Uzbekistan (missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction). The country currently has five parishes and the bishop hopes to open two more.

Catholic Church in Vanuatu

The Catholic Church in Vanuatu is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. Catholics constitute 13% of the population of Vanuatu. The church is organized into one diocese based in the capital of Port Vila. The diocese is a member of the Pacific Bishops Conference.

Commonweal (magazine)

Commonweal is a liberal American Catholic journal of opinion, edited and managed by lay Catholics, headquartered in The Interchurch Center in New York City. It is the oldest independent Roman Catholic journal of opinion in the United States.

Delia Gallagher

Delia Buckley Gallagher (born 11 March 1970) is an American journalist based in Rome who currently serves as the Senior Editor for Inside the Vatican magazine. She formerly served as CNN’s Faith and Values Correspondent. Based in New York, Gallagher was a long time CNN Vatican Analyst, Vaticanologist, and religious journalist. Prior to joining CNN full time, she lived in Rome for 7 years. In Rome, she wrote a weekly column for Zenit News Agency and was a contributing editor for the magazine. The History Channel Documentary, "Angels and Demons Decoded" released by A & E Television Networks profiled Gallagher commenting on Dan Brown's bestseller book which was made into a movie. Subsequently, Gallagher moderated the Angels and Demons movie press conference film debut in Rome on stage with Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Dan Brown often speaking in Italian and English. She knows Pope Benedict XVI personally and travelled extensively with John Paul II, including his last trip to Poland. Upon the death of Pope John Paul II, she broadcast and commented for CNN Worldwide covering the unfolding event.

Gospel magic

Gospel magic is the use of otherwise standard stage magic tricks and illusions to promote Christian messages. Gospel magic does not claim to invoke spirits or paranormal powers. Gospel magic is intended to present the Christian good news through "visual parables"; the trick or illusion is used to present theological points in an entertaining way with the intention that people will remember the message. Gospel magic is generally presented as stage magic or platform magic, but it can be adapted to close-up magic or micromagic situations.

Jean Laffitte

Jean Clément Marie Gérard Joseph Françoise Georges Laffitte (born at Oloron-Sainte-Marie in France, 5 May 1952) is a Roman Catholic bishop. He has had an academic career and served in several positions in the Roman Curia. He has been Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since 4 July 2015.

Laffitte attended the Toulouse 1 University Capitole, graduating with a degree in Political Science in 1973. He was also educated at the Universities of Cambridge in 1979 and Salamanca in 1980.

In 1984 he entered the Pontifical French Seminary in Rome where he read philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Theology and Philosophy in 1988. He was ordained as a priest on 2 July 1989 in the diocese of Autun and is a member of the Community of Emmanuel.

He pursued his studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and earned a doctorate in moral theology.

Since 1994 he has taught at the Institute as a professor of conjugal ethics, anthropology and spirituality. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Vice-Dean. He has also taught at the Lateran University. Beginning in 2003 he was a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On 28 January 2005, he became Deputy Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, before being named Vice-President of the Pontifical Academy for Life on 24 January 2006.He was appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Titular Bishop of Entrevaux on 22 October 2009. Laffitte was consecrated as a bishop on 12 December 2009 by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, SDB. His work as Secretary ended when that body ceased its operations on 1 September 2015 and its operations were merged into the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.On 7 April 2015 Pope Francis appointed him Prelate of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to succeed Angelo Acerbi.

Opus Dei

Opus Dei, formally known as the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei (Latin: Praelatura Sanctae Crucis et Operis Dei), is an institution of the Catholic Church which teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. The majority of its membership are lay people; the remainder are secular priests under the governance of a prelate elected by specific members and appointed by the Pope. Opus Dei is Latin for "Work of God"; hence the organization is often referred to by members and supporters as the Work.Opus Dei was founded in Spain in 1928 by Catholic saint and priest Josemaría Escrivá and was given final Catholic Church approval in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. St. John Paul II made it a personal prelature in 1982 by the apostolic constitution Ut sit; that is, the jurisdiction of its own bishop covers the persons in Opus Dei wherever they are, rather than geographical dioceses.As of 2016, there were 94,776 members of the Prelature: 92,667 lay persons and 2,109 priests. These figures do not include the diocesan priest members of Opus Dei's Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, estimated to number 2,000 in the year 2005. Members are in more than 90 countries. About 70% of Opus Dei members live in their private homes, leading traditional Catholic family lives with secular careers, while the other 30% are celibate, of whom the majority live in Opus Dei centers. Aside from their personal charity and social work, Opus Dei members organize training in Catholic spirituality applied to daily life; members are involved in running universities, university residences, schools, publishing houses, hospitals, and technical and agricultural training centers.

Sylvester Heereman

Sylvester Heereman van Zuydtwyck (born 10 September 1974) is the former Vicar General of the Catholic congregation, the Legion of Christ.

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