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National Catholic Register
National Catholic Register
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Founder(s)Matthew J. Smith
PublisherMichael Warsaw
FoundedNovember 8, 1927; 93 years ago (1927-11-08)
HeadquartersIrondale, Alabama
Circulation24,706 (as of 2013)[1]

The National Catholic Register is a conservative[2] 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. The Register's current owner is the Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. of Irondale, Alabama, which also owns the Catholic News Agency.

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 Registers print edition is published (bi-weekly, 26 times a year).[3] Tom Wehner has been the managing editor since 2009. Jeanette DeMelo became editor in chief in 2012.


It was founded on November 8, 1927, by Matthew J. Smith as the national edition of the Denver Catholic Register, with headquarters in Denver.[4] For a time in the 1930s, the Register had a chain of Catholic newspapers.[5]

Patrick Frawley's Twin Circle Publishing Co. purchased the financially struggling[4] National Catholic Register in 1970, changing its editorial focus from progressive to conservative.[6] At the point of sale, the paper had a circulation of 112,000.[4] Frawley sold the paper to the Legion of Christ in 1995.[7]

Eternal Word Television Network acquired the paper from the Legionaries of Christ in 2011.[8][9]

In 2013, the Register had a print circulation of 24,706.[1]

The 2017 Catholic Press Association awards named the Register Newspaper of the Year.[10]

Editorial position

According to Thomas Tweed, director of the Ansari Institute of Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame, "I think the same thing that has happened in American political life and media has happened to some extent to Catholics. Progressive Catholics read Commonweal and the National Catholic Reporter, and traditionalist Catholics watch EWTN and read newsletters from the Blue Army."[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Fink, John F., "The Catholic press and new media", The Criterion, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, February 22, 2013
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Jack. "From the Bible Belt, EWTN shapes world Catholic news", Religious News Service, January 15, 2019
  3. ^ "Publisher's Page". National Catholic Register.
  4. ^ a b c "TWIN CIRCLE BUYS NATIONAL REGISTER; BOTH TO CONTINUE," The Catholic Advocate Vol. 19, No. 33, (6 August 1970).
  5. ^ "History". The Catholic Telegraph. Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Cassels, Louis. "Frawley An Opinion-Maker In Roman Catholic Church," Desert Sun Vol. 44, No. 28 (5 September 1970).
  7. ^ Dart, John. "2 Catholic Papers Sold : Media: Group with reported ties to Legion of Christ religious order buys National Catholic Register and Catholic Twin Circle," Los Angeles Times (OCT. 7, 1995).
  8. ^ "EWTN to acquire National Catholic Register". EWTN News. EWTN. January 19, 2011. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "National Catholic Register Acquired by EWTN". National Catholic Register. EWTN. January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "National Catholic Register Named 'Newspaper of the Year'". National Catholic Register.

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