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Pope John Paul II

Our Mission


The mission of Catholic News Service is the mission of the Church itself -- to spread the Gospel through contemporary means of communication.

Our mission is to perform this task by reporting the news which affects Catholics in their everyday lives.

Some of that news is good and some is bad, but it is what readers need to know in order to work for salvation. They need to know that there are saints in the making in the Church today and they need to know that there are sinners too.

Our mission is to report fully, fairly and freely about the involvement of the Church in the world today.

As the Administrative Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in 1985, ``First, the church is public. We proclaim the Gospel and build up our community openly -- `in the sight of all.'...Communication implies this public quality: to communicate is to share, to overcome isolation and individuality and to become community.''

At CNS, we strive to build this community through the presentation of information.

``There exists within human society a right to information about affairs which affect men individually and collectively and according to the circumstances of each,'' said the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council in its decree ``Inter Mirifica.''

We also agree with the council document when it continues, ``The proper exercise of this right demands that the matter communicated always be true, and as complete as charity and justice allow.''

To pursue this mission, to perform this ministry, CNS collaborates with other Catholic journalists in United States diocesan newspapers and with others around the world.

To look at our mission another way, we must reflect the obligations reflected in our very name.

-- We must be Catholic, reporting on the works of the Church in the modern world.

-- We must cover the news, which ultimately is the Good News of Salvation.

-- We must be of service to the Church by engaging fully in the essential ministry of communication.


CNS Profile

Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press. It is also a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world.

CNS speeds news a minimum of five days a week to client publication which have publishing rights.

Almost every English-language Catholic newspaper in the world uses CNS. The approximately 170 U.S. Catholic newspapers and broadcasters and the more than 70 other news organizations in more than 35 countries that rely on CNS touch the lives of more than 8 million throughout the world. Vatican Radio, which broadcasts news around the globe in more than 30 languages, is among the users of the CNS daily news report.


CNS Personnel

While created in 1920 by the bishops of the United States, CNS is editorially independent and a financially self-sustaining division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. CNS is staffed by trained, professional journalists; all eligible nonmanagement staffers are members of The Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America.


The CNS Rome bureau, which provides what many regard as the best Vatican coverage available from any news agency, is one of the main reasons for its international appeal.

In addition, the news service's network of correspondents from member newspapers in the United States and Canada provides timely coverage when and where news is breaking, supplementing the work of full-time CNS staff writers. Its contacts with correspondents and other Catholic news agencies in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America keep the CNS focus global.

See CNS Departments for staff and important phone numbers.


Products and Services

The CNS Photo/Graphics Service provides timely images from wherever news is happening. Photos are available in digital form or print form.

CNS also produces Origins, a documentary service which provides complete texts of newsmaking documents, and it offers movie reviews from a Catholic perspective through the Movie Guide Monthly. Its biweekly publication, Catholic Trends, provides an overview of church news affecting decision-makers.


Contact Information:

For a list of phone numbers and email addresses, see the CNS Departments. For general information contact CNS through the following means.

Telephone: (202) 541-3250
Fax: (202) 541-3255
Address: 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington DC 20017
Electronic mail: cns@catholicnews.com

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Contact Information:

For a list of phone numbers and email addresses, see the CNS Departments. For general information contact CNS through the following means.

Telephone:
(202) 541-3250

Fax:
(202) 541-3255

Address:
3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington DC 20017

Electronic mail:
cns@catholicnews.com
Questions about this Web site? Send to cns@catholicnews.com.
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