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IRONDALE, Ala. — For the third consecutive year, the National Catholic Register won first place for Best Front Page at the Catholic Press Association’s annual Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis.

Deacon Steven D. Greydanus, film critic for the Register, won first place for Best Regular Column: Culture, Arts and Leisure for “Selma, It Is,” “Why Star Trek — and — Mr. Spock Matters” and “Anatomy of a Cover-Up.” Greydanus, recently ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Newark, took second place in that category in 2015.

In all, the Register won eight CPA awards at the conference, which was attended by Editor in Chief Jeanette De Melo and Staff Writer Peter Jesserer Smith.

“Week after week, I’m grateful for the Register's team — from our staff reporters, graphic artist and editors to our many freelance correspondents — yet these moments make me even more proud of the work of this dedicated and talented group,” De Melo said.  “I congratulate them all for their stellar performance yet another year.”

The National Catholic Register, which is owned and operated by EWTN, won second and third-place awards for Best News Writing Originating with the Paper on a National Event for its coverage of the Supreme Court and the death penalty and assisted suicide: “Supreme Court Upholds Drug Cocktail for Death-Row Inmates,” by Peter Jesserer Smith “Supreme Court Prepares to Consider Death Penalty,” by Brian Fraga, and “California Ushers in Assisted Suicide,” by Joan Frawley Desmond, and  “Californians’ Death-Defying Feat,” “Connecticut Three-Peat: Assisted-Suicide Bid Shut Down,” by Fraga, and “Giving Death Its Due,” by Desmond.

Anto Akkara’s reporting on the earthquake in Nepal garnered second place for Best News Writing Originating with the Paper on an International Event: “Nepal Nightmare,” “Miracle of the Ordination: Nepal Village Spared From Earthquake,” “Corporal Works of Mercy in the Himalayas: Missionaries of Charity Aid Nepal Relief Efforts.”

Rebecca Taylor’s bioethics commentaries won second place for Best Regular Column on Spiritual Life: “New Prenatal Screens’ Seek-and-Destroy Mission,” “Surrogacy’s Incredibly Dark Side,” “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and the Death of the Birth Certificate.”

The Register took second place for Best Coverage of Religious Liberty Issues for its stories by Michael Caspino (“Does Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision Protect Religious Entities?”), Desmond (“No Room at the Inn: Why Few Syrian Christian Refugees Come to US”) and Fraga (“Francis and the First Freedom”).

The Register also received an honorable mention for General Excellence. The judges said in their analysis:

“The logo of the papal tiara and keys on this newspaper’s nameplate signal a serious approach to the Catholic community which is fulfilled in the news content, editorials, and columns. From the Vatican to local parishes, a network of correspondents provide well-written news accounts of events, decisions, and individuals important to the Catholic community in America. Fidelity to the organization and faithfulness to the Church underlie the story selection and overall tone of this paper which treats Church news very seriously, but without reading like an apologist’s tract. Even the sex abuse crisis makes the front page in an article headlined, ‘New Era Dawns as Bishops Held to Account.’ Creative leads pull readers into well-written stories. Well played photos and illustrations augment text without overwhelming it. Overall news selection balances Vatican and international news with domestic and local Catholic news.”

“In a time when news organizations are struggling with falling subscriptions, the Register continues to grow both in print circulation and digital reach,” said Dan Burke, executive director of the National Catholic Register. “This is a testimony to the hunger for truth and authentic journalism in a time when misinformation is rampant. Under the leadership of Michael Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, the Register team is grateful to play a critical role in bringing clarity to the difficult issues of our day and in pointing to the work of Christ as He brings redemption to the world through the Catholic Church.”

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