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U.S. Bishops Announce Catholic News Service to Cease Nationwide Operations at Year’s End

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WASHINGTON (CNS) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced to staff on May 4 a sweeping reorganization of its communications department, including the closure of the Washington and New York offices of the Catholic News Service.

In meetings with newsroom staff, James Rogers, the conference’s director of communications, said the Washington office would be closed at the end of the year.

The Rome office of the Catholic News Service will remain open and will continue to report on the Vatican and related international events.

A statement released by the Bishops’ Public Affairs Office said, “Over the coming months, the USCCB Communications Department will undertake a significant realignment to better utilize the resources entrusted to the Conference by the faithful in a way that matches today’s communications environment.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced to staff May 4 a sweeping reorganization of its communications department, including the closure of the Washington and New York offices of the Catholic News Service.

“Unfortunately this will impact a number of staff. We are grateful for the time and dedication of the committed team of Conference communicators who serve the Church; job transitions can be difficult, and as this is a personnel matter, no additional details will be discussed at this time.

The statement continued, “Catholic News Service offices in New York and Washington will be closed at the end of the year, as will the USCCB Publishing Office. These changes, while painful, will give the remaining functions – including the Rome Office of the Catholic Press Service and the Office of Public Affairs – a more durable basis on which to do their work.

Effective January 1, 2023, Catholic News Service will stop charging customers for its coverage. It will make its Rome coverage available to all U.S. dioceses for free beginning in 2023.

Greg Erlandson, director and editor of the Catholic News Service, said he was “deeply saddened by this decision”.

Greg Erlandson, director and editor of the Catholic News Service, said he was “deeply saddened by this decision”.

“For more than a century, Catholic News Service has served the local, national and international Catholic press. I am proud of the professionalism of our team of writers, reporters and photographers and all that they have accomplished.

Staff reductions will also take place in public affairs, creative services, and marketing and episcopal resources.

A total of 21 employees will be made redundant.

Catholic New Service was founded in 1920. In a meeting with Rome office staff in 2021, Pope Francis told them that “over the past hundred years Catholic News Service has made an invaluable contribution to the English-speaking world through its coverage of the church. mission to announce the Gospel and to bear witness to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.

The news service currently serves a majority of US dioceses as well as national and international media operations.

USCCB Publishing, which owns the rights to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the American Catechism for Adults, and many other books, will cease publishing at the end of 2022.