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|Founder(s)||Matthew J. Smith|
|Founded||November 8, 1927|
|Circulation||24,706 (as of 2013)|
The National Catholic Register is a conservative 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). 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. For a time in the 1930s, the Register had a chain of Catholic newspapers.
Patrick Frawley's Twin Circle Publishing Co. purchased the financially struggling National Catholic Register in 1970, changing its editorial focus from progressive to conservative. At the point of sale, the paper had a circulation of 112,000. Frawley sold the paper to the Legion of Christ in 1995.
In 2013, the Register had a print circulation of 24,706.
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."