Catholic News Service (CNS) is an American news agency owned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that reports on the Catholic Church.

The service is set to shut down in 2022, but its distribution and platform will be acquired by Our Sunday Visitor and used to launch a new OSV news service.[1]


CNS was established in 1920 as the National Catholic Welfare Council (NCWC) Press Department.[2] In the 1960s it became the National Catholic News Service, and dropped "National" from its name in 1986 to indicate its intention to provide worldwide coverage.[3][4]

It is now owned by the USCCB, the successor to the NCWC.

From 2004 to 2016, Tony Spence led CNS as its director and editor-in-chief. He was removed in April 2016 after a number of Catholics criticized his posts on Twitter that favored LGBT rights.[5][6]

Catholic News Service announced on May 4, 2022 that it would cease its operations in the United States effective December 31, 2022.[7]


CNS describes itself as the primary source of national and global news that the US Catholic press reports. It is editorially independent and a financially self-sustaining division of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is based in Washington, DC, United States.[8][9]

The documentary service of CNS, Origins, "publishes texts from the Vatican, [P]ope, bishops, Congress, Senate, Supreme Court and church leaders around the world".[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ Our Sunday Visitor announces launch of new Catholic news service in 2023
  2. ^ Thomas J. Reese (1992). A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 273–. ISBN 978-1-55612-557-7. Programs in the budget serving others include Catholic News Service (CNS) and Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). CNS, for example, is a wire service founded in 1920 that provides news stories for 160 Catholic newspapers. It is a $3.9 ...
  3. ^ Una M. Cadegan (January 7, 2016). In the Logos of Love: Promise and Predicament in Catholic Intellectual Life. Oxford University Press. pp. 173–. ISBN 978-0-19-028004-8. Catholic News Service, created in 1920 by the American bishops, was and remains editorially independent, a financially self-sustaining division of the US ... The National Catholic Welfare Council Press department was the original service. ... The department was reorganized in the 1960s and the name changed to National Catholic News Service of NC News. In 1986, the name was again changed to Catholic News.
  4. ^ Historical Note, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Communications Department/Catholic News Service, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, Catholic University of America (accessed 2016-07-19).
  5. ^ Domonoske, Camila (April 15, 2016). "Top Editor At Catholic News Service Reportedly Pushed Out Over Pro-LGBT Tweets". NPR. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Coday, Dennis (April 14, 2016). "Catholic News Service editor asked to resign". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Catholic News Service to cease domestic operations at year's end". May 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "Mission and History – Catholic News Service". Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Chester Gillis (April 29, 2015). Catholic Faith in America. Infobase Learning. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-1-4381-4034-6. Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C. The oldest and largest news wire service specializing in reporting on religion, ...
  10. ^ Crisis Magazine. Sophia Institute Press. November 1982. pp. 7–. were carried by the Religious News Service, which omitted the crucial paragraph, and by National Catholic News Service, which included it. Two weeks later, however, Origins, the documentary service of National Catholic News Service, ran a ...
  11. ^ Mary Ann Walsh (2003). John Paul II: A Light for the World : Essays and Reflections on the Papacy of John Paul II. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 253–. ISBN 978-1-58051-142-1. Others deserving mention by name include Catholic News Service, especially Thomas N. Lorsung ... both factual and poetic; the staff of Origins, Catholic News Service's treasured documentary service; and the Catholic News Service library.