Catholic Newspaper to Become Monthly

By: David O’Reilly | The Philadelphia Inquirer

After 116 years – and a decade of declining circulation – the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is converting its weekly newspaper to a monthly and launching a glossy magazine.

Begun in 1895 with the merger of two diocesan newspapers, the Catholic Standard and Times was delivered to more than 100,000 homes in the mid-20th century. Today, with paid circulation about 31,000, “we’re reaching just 7 percent of households in the archdiocese,” editor Matthew Gambino said Tuesday.

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