News services


International reports come from a variety of news services. Among them are:

CNS: The Catholic News Service is a major source of Catholic news in the English-speaking world. It is used by about 240 newspapers, broadcasters and other news outlets in over 35 countries. Created in 1920 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is an editorially independent and financially self-sustaining division of the bishops’ conference.

CWN: Catholic World News is an independent Catholic news service, also based in the US, dedicated to providing world news from a distinctively Catholic perspective. It has been providing Catholic news on the Internet since 1996. Its editor is veteran newsman Philip Lawler, who also editor emeritus of Catholic World Report magazine.

Zenit: This Rome-based agency provides coverage of events, documents and issues emanating from or concerning the Catholic Church, especially relating to the Pope and the Vatican. Its articles – in English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese – are reproduced in hundreds of publications worldwide, as well as by radio and television stations.

VIS: The Vatican Information Service comes from the Holy See Press Office. It provides information (in English, Italian, Spanish and French) about the pastoral activities of the Holy Father, pontifical documents and the work of the congregations of the Holy See.

Fides: This is the news agency of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (still popularly known as “Propaganda Fidei”). It gives particular attention to covering the missionary activity of the Catholic Church.

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