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It was founded on 8 December 1860 by Archibald Joseph Dunn, and has been in continuous publication since. The newspaper's editor is Joseph Kelly, a managing director. Former editors include Christopher Monckton and Rowanne Pasco.
The Universe Media Group also publishes The Catholic Times (a weekly broadsheet),Catholic Life,Catholic Companion, Who's Who in Catholic Life,Church Building,Novena, Vatican: Past and Present, From the Catholic Archives and other third party Catholic titles. In 2010 it was the official publisher and distributor for a number of UK papal visit publications and resources, including Heart to Heart, Welcome Pope Benedict, and the Official Magnificat Papal Mass.