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National Catholic Register
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Owner(s) EWTN
Founder(s)Matthew J. Smith
PublisherMichael Warsaw
FoundedNovember 8, 1927
Headquarters Irondale, Alabama
ISSN 0027-8920

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 Registers 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 Register's print edition is published (bi-weekly, 26 times a year). [1] 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. For a time in the 1930s, the Register had a chain of Catholic newspapers [2]

Eternal Word Television Network acquired the paper from the Legionaries of Christ in 2011. [3] [4]

In 2013, the Register had a print circulation of 24,706. [5]

The 2017 Catholic Press Association awards named the Register Newspaper of the Year. [6]

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." [7]

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  1. "Publisher's Page". National Catholic Register.
  2. "History". The Catholic Telegraph. Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 2009. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  3. "EWTN to acquire National Catholic Register". EWTN News. EWTN. January 19, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.[ dead link ]
  4. "National Catholic Register Acquired by EWTN". National Catholic Register. EWTN. January 19, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  5. Fink, John F., "The Catholic press and new media", The Criterion, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, February 22, 2013
  6. "National Catholic Register Named 'Newspaper of the Year'". National Catholic Register.
  7. Jenkins, Jack. "From the Bible Belt, EWTN shapes world Catholic news", Religious News Service, January 15, 2019