Top 10 List
The following is a “Top 10” list provided courtesy of the St. Peter’s List web site. The original list can be found here: http://www.stpeterslist.com/4742/top-10-catholic-news-sites/
1. Vatican News
The official news site of the Vatican offers the faithful brief news articles on the Pope and the Church, videos of His Holiness and multiple news outlets: Fides News Agency, the L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican Press Office, Vatican Information Service, Vatican Radio and CTV. The site is extremely useful for those seeking primary sources and full texts, and those interested in keeping tabs on the workings of the Roman Curia.
2. National Catholic Register
The National Catholic Register began in Denver in the late 1920s as the Denver Catholic Register. Exchanging several hands, it eventually was purchased by EWTN from the Legionaries in January 2011. The paper prides itself on being a daily news outlet that is faithful to the Magisterium and professional in presentation. Since the NC Register is technically still a bi-weekly newspaper, the online portion runs a bit slower when compared to a 24/7 news cycle.
Amongst many supposed Catholic media companies, the NC Register remains a resource for faithful Catholics seeking to understand their Church and their world. It hosts a myriad of correspondents and gives opinion through their various and well-known bloggers. Outside the critique that their newspaper format is slower than the now customary 24/7 media sources, the NC Register has also been criticized for being soft or looking the other way when priests or bishops actually due deserve criticism and investigation. Overall, the NC Register is a staple for any Catholic seeking current news and opinion.1 – Please see footnote for clarification of the critique of the Register.
The Register is a perfect addition to our teaching apostolate. We live in an age where there is so much distortion and misrepresentation of the Church’s teaching by forces who oppose her message, particularly in the secular news media. Being sure that the Church’s voice is heard clearly and accurately has always been the core of EWTN’s mission,” he said. “Continuing the tradition of the Register gives us another means to carry out our mission of service to the Church.
Michael Warsaw, EWTN CEO
3. New Advent
New Advent is without question one of the most popular Catholic sites for news and research. The simple but well-done outlet contains a front-page daily news aggregate, a full online Catholic Encyclopedia, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, an index of Early Church writings, an online Bible and a library filled with Church documents.2
In 1993, Kevin Knight, then a 26-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, was inspired, during the visit of Pope John Paul II to that city for World Youth Day, to launch a project to publish the 1913 edition of the encyclopedia on the Internet. Knight founded the website New Advent to house the undertaking. Volunteers from the United States, Canada, France and Brazil helped in the transcription of the original material.
4. Pew Sitter
Pew Sitter’s style and format can only leave one thinking that the site is the Catholic Drudge Report. A news aggregate site collecting the top stories of Catholic-interests from both Catholic and secular sources, the Pew Sitter is an excellent website for a checking the daily top stories.
Pewsitter.com was established to give the Catholic lay faithful a voice in the matters of the Church. In response to Vatican II’s call for the “full and active” participation of the laity, Pewsitter enables and encourages the laity of the Church to submit news articles, events, and even audio/video copies of their favorite homilies to share with other Catholics.
5. UK: Catholic Herald
The UK Catholic Herald is the National Catholic Register across the pond. As with the Register, the Herald is on a newspaper cycle and its updates and articles are slow in coming.3
The Catholic Herald is a London-based Roman Catholic newspaper, published in broadsheet format and retailing at £1.50 (€1.80 in the Republic of Ireland). The Herald reports a total readership of c.21,000 copies distributed to Roman Catholic parishes, wholesale outlets and postal subscribers. This includes 1,000 issues distributed in the Republic of Ireland. The newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief is Damian Thompson.
The Catholic Herald is now owned by Sir Rocco Forte and Lord Black of Crossharbour, the latter a prominent convert. In recent years The Catholic Herald has become known as one of the most conservative British Catholic news organs.
6. ROME REPORTS
Rome Reports is the premiere site for Catholic videos. Updated on a regular basis, Rome Reports is faithful to the Church and reliable for up to date videos on Catholic news and papal events.
ROME REPORTS (RR) is a private and independent international TV news agency based in Rome, Italy, specializing in covering the Pope and the Vatican. With its ethnically diverse and talented team of journalists, producers, cameramen and editors, the agency instantly offers the latest news from Rome as well as a half-hour Weekly Newsprogram.
Everyday broadcast stations around the world aim to keep their audiences informed on the latest from the Catholic Church. We provide them the content with which to do it, including Images and Archive materials. For in-depth analysis, we also produce high quality Documentaries.
7. The Vatican – Youtube
“The Vatican” on Youtube has improved with time and offers viewers primarily raw videos of Pope Benedict XVI delivering various addresses.
This channel offers news coverage of the main activities of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and of relevant Vatican events. It is updated daily. Video images are produced by Centro Televisivo Vaticano (CTV), texts by Vatican Radio (RV) and CTV. This video-news presents the Catholic Church’s position regarding the principal issues of the world today. Links give access to the full and official texts of cited documents.
8. Whispers in the Loggia
Rocco Palmo and his blog have routinely embarrassed paid-media outlets by breaking Catholic news stories sooner and in more depth than large Catholic newspapers. If something is stirring within the Catholic Church and in the Catholic blogosphere, you can bet Whispers in the Loggia will be commenting and commenting well.
One of global Catholicism’s most prominent chroniclers, Rocco Palmo has held court as the “Church Whisperer” since 2004, when the pages you’re reading were launched with an audience of three, grown since by nothing but word of mouth, and kept alive throughout thanks solely to reader support.
A former US correspondent for the London-based international Catholic weekly The Tablet, Palmo’s served as a church analyst for The New York Times, Associated Press, BBC, NBC, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and a host of other print and broadcast outlets worldwide.
9. Life Site News
Life Site News is the staple source of prolife information and news.
LifeSiteNews.com is a non-profit Internet service dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family. It was launched in September 1997. LifeSiteNews Daily News reports and information pages are used by numerous organizations and publications, educators, professionals and political, religious and life and family organization leaders and grassroots people across North America and internationally.
LifeSiteNews.com Daily News reports are widely circulated reports on important developments in the United States, Canada and around the world. Their purpose is to provide balance and more accurate coverage on culture, life and family matters than is usually given by other media. Available by free daily email subscription and on LifeSiteNews.com.
10. EWTN News
EWTN News boasts daily global stories, videos from The World Over and several other media platforms. They have also partnered with Catholic News Agency and own the National Catholic Register. EWTN’s long reach, holistic approach and television channel make it a fundamental element in any Catholic’s engagement and understanding of the global Catholic Church. The news section of EWTN’s online presence is only one small section of a massive amount of information available to Catholics.