Catholic Sentinel

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The Catholic Sentinel is the "Oldest Catholic Newspaper on the West Coast". Published twice a month, it is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland. It is published by Oregon Catholic Press.

Oregon Catholic Press also publishes El Centinela, a Spanish-language newspaper for Oregon Catholics.

It has published an online edition since 1996.[1]


The Catholic Sentinel was started in response to anti-Catholicism in 1869 by Henry Herman and J. F. Atkinson. After the Whitman massacre in 1847, a Protestant minister had falsely accused local Catholics of inciting a band of Cayuse Indians to killing 10 Protestant missionaries.[2][3] The first run of the Catholic Sentinel was 500 copies, and a year's subscription cost $4. The Sentinel now sends out more than 20,000 copies of each issue, plus 8,000 of El Centinela.

The papers cover personalities, trends and stories of interest to Oregon Catholics.

In 2017, the Catholic Press Association of the United States named the Sentinel Newspaper of the Year in its category. The last time the paper won that honor was 1959.


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  2. ^ Blanchet, Francis Norbert (1878). Historical sketches of the Catholic Church in Oregon during the past forty years. p. 173.
  3. ^ 'Defender of the Faith,' by Fr. Wilfred Schoenberg, Oregon Catholic Press, 1993.

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