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One of the most important Catholic newspapers in Canada stops its publication

Tuesday 11 October 2016, by SIGNIS

Edmonton, October, 11th, 2016 (WCR). One of the most important Catholic newspapers in Canada is now stopping its activities. The Western Catholic Reporter, founded 51 years ago, published on September 26th its final issue.

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Most Rev Richard W. Smith

The publisher, Most Rev Richard W. Smith, archbishop of Edmonton
announced this sad news by publishing a letter explaining his vision of communications for his archdiocese and the secular press.

He explained that “for more than 50 years in the service of the Gospel of our Lord, the Western Catholic Reporter has provided news and commentary to the People of God in this archdiocese and beyond.”

He added that during these 50 years, “the world of communications has changed dramatically” and that “it is necessary that we always seek new and ever more effective means to engage our people, wherever they may be on their faith journey”. It is thus important that “the Church stays fully conversant with this evolving environment and effectively present in the midst of it.”

For this reason, the magazine will stop, and all of their work will be present online, on a “news portal, which will be the hub for quality content shared across several platforms, including websites, social media, the e-newsletter, and print products.”
Rev. Smith explains that this decision is a “response to the call Pope Francis has made to the entire Church for pastoral conversion. In his 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father summoned us to an ecclesial renewal ‘that cannot be deferred.’ That renewal pertains not only to the Church’s disciples but also to her very structures.” As a consequence, the archdiocesan Communications Office will be reorganized with a new vision, a new mandate and a new structure.

With the end of this newspaper, there are only three important Catholic newspapers in Canada: the Catholic Register, the BC Catholic and the Prairie Messenger.

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