National Catholic Register

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National Catholic Register
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Cover of National Catholic Register, February 26 - March 10, 2012 issue
Type Catholic
  • Print
  • Online
Owner(s) EWTN
Founder(s) Matthew J. Smith
Publisher Michael Warsaw
Founded November 8, 1927
Language English
Headquarters Irondale, Alabama
ISSN 0027-8920

The National Catholic Register is the oldest national Catholic newspaper in the United States. It was founded on November 8, 1927, by Matthew J. Smith as the National Edition of the Denver Catholic Register. [1] Content includes news and features from the United States, the Vatican, and worldwide, on such topics as culture, education, books, arts and entertainment, as well as interviews. Online content includes various blogs and breaking news.

The Register's print edition is published (bi-weekly, 26 times a year) and owned by Eternal Word Television Network, Inc.[1][2] Tom Wehner has been the managing editor since 2009. Jeanette DeMelo became editor in chief in 2012.



Initially, the paper was what was then a mainstream Catholic publication that was loyal to Rome. After Vatican II, the publication moved to a more progressive liberal direction while moving back to the center by the late 1980s. The Register moved into a more conservative direction under new leadership in the 1990s. Eternal Word Television Network acquired the paper from the Legion of Christ in 2011, ensuring that the paper will continue in a conservative direction.[1]

The 2017 Catholic Press Association awards named the Register Newspaper of the Year.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "EWTN to acquire National Catholic Register". EWTN News. EWTN. Jan 19, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Publisher's Page". National Catholic Register. 
  3. ^ "National Catholic Register Acquired by EWTN". National Catholic Register. EWTN. Jan 19, 2011. Retrieved Jan 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "History". The Catholic Telegraph. Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "National Catholic Register Named 'Newspaper of the Year'". National Catholic Register.