Zenit News Agency

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

Mission[edit]

The ZENIT website describes their perspective 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]

The name "ZENIT" means "zenith" in many languages, and refers to the highest point in the sky reached by the sun, a symbol associated with Jesus Christ by early Christians.[3]

Presence[edit]

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

A number of Catholic authors such as Christopher West[4] have cited ZENIT stories in printed works.

Publisher[edit]

According to the ZENIT website, the organization's publications are published and edited by Innovative Media Inc., 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 based in New York, according to ZENIT, and is registered as a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia.[5][6][7] Its president is Antonio Maza.[8]

ZENIT says it was funded during its first three years in large part by Aid to the Church in Need, the Italian Bishops' Conference and the Legion of Christ.[9] As of 2007, ZENIT says it is funded 75% by reader donations and 13% by institutions and benefactors.[10]

One report appearing in the progressive Commonweal magazine alleges that Innovative Media is a "front" for the Legion of Christ.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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
  3. ^ a b c ZENIT website | Audience. Retrieved February 22, 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 (September 8, 2006). "Spreading the News: A Report on Europe’s New Evangelization". Commonweal.  Section on ZENIT is also available here

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