June 29, 2017  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

The Catholic Press Association recognized Angelus for having some of the best columnists in the Church, including Archbishop Gomez, author of the column “New World of Faith”

As it approaches its first anniversary, Angelus, the official magazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, won 20 awards at the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Catholic Media Conference. Spanish-language Archdiocesan monthly newspaper Vida Nueva received 14 awards. Both publications were recognized for high quality reporting, analysis, photojournalism, design and covers on topics such as immigration, sex trafficking, prison reform, and health among other issues affecting society.

The Tidings newspaper, replaced by Angelus magazine on July 1, 2016, took two awards, and the Catholic Directory received one. Angelus was also awarded for having some of the best columnists in the Church, including Archbishop José H. Gomez for his weekly column “New World of Faith.”

The competition included Catholic publications from across the U.S. and Canada, and recognized work done in 2016.

During the conference, held on June 20-23 at Quebec, Canada, four journalists were selected by the Catholic Relief Services as the 2017 Egan Journalism Fellows for its demonstrated motivation to report on issues that affect the poor and marginalized around the world, including John David (J.D.) Long-Garcia, the Archdiocese’s publications’ editor-in-chief. In accordance with CRS’ mission to assist the poor and vulnerable in the world, the fellowship will examine the policy issues that affect people in need across the world during a two-day reporting trip to Washington, D.C. this fall.

“This is quite a surprise. We continue to be inspired by and learn from our colleagues in the Catholic press,” said Long-Garcia. “The recognition is a testament to the hard work carried out not only by our staff, but by the entire communications team in Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez and David Scott, vice chancellor of Communications, deserve so much credit for supporting our efforts to engage our readership with solid Catholic journalism. As our Vicar General, Msgr. Albert Bahhuth, recently told me, ‘we do this for the glory of God and to save souls in the name of Jesus.’”

Long-Garcia won two first place awards for Best Coverage of Immigration with the stories “Residents: Quagmire awaits immigrants after Supreme Court decision,” “Stuck: Thousands of Haitians await their fate on the U.S.-Mexico border” and “Future unknown: Uncertainty surrounds immigration reform.” He also received first place for Best Cover with “What now America?.”

Angelus reporters Robert W. Dellinger and Alicia Morandi received the first place award for Best In-Depth/Analysis Writing, for the story “Inside the life: A closer look at sex trafficking in Los Angeles.” Dellinger was the recipient of the third place award as Writer of the Year, English Language Division.

Victor Aleman, Angelus’ photographer and Vida Nueva’s editor and photographer, took first place for Angelus’ Best Multiple Picture Package, for the story “Stuck, Thousands of Haitians await their fate on the U.S.-Mexico border.” Aleman won third place as the Photographer of the Year.

Angelus’ first place recipients include columnists Heather King (The Crux) and Grazie Pozo Christie (With Grace), and Kevin and Laura Loker, for the Best Electronic Newsletter, “Always Forward.”

In total, Angelus was awarded seven first place, five second place, four third place and four honorable mention accolades. Vida Nueva won eight first place, one second place and two third place awards, and received three honorable mentions. The Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese won a third place award.

For a detailed list of the awards received by the Archdiocese’s publications click here.

About Angelus

The Archdiocese began publishing Angelus in July 2016, replacing The Tidings, which had been the Archdiocesan publication since 1895. Angelus is the weekly print “home” for renowned Vatican reporter, John Allen and his colleague, Inés San Martín, one of the top writers on the Church in Latin America. It includes voices like Ruben Navarrette (USA Today, CNN, NPR); Kathryn Lopez (National Review, Wall Street Journal), Grazie Pozo Christie (CNN, Miami Herald, New York Times, USA Today), and Mike Aquilina (national speaker and author of more than 50 books on Catholic themes). Best-selling Catholic author, Dr. Scott Hahn, writes a weekly Scripture column. These voices complement key contributors like Archbishop Gomez, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron for the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, Father Ronald Rolheiser and Heather King. For more information, visit,, and

About Vida Nueva

Vida Nueva began publishing in 1991. The publication routinely wins national awards, including the 2015 Best Spanish-Language Monthly Newspaper in the U.S. from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). The same organization honored Vida Nueva with a first place as the best Spanish-language weekly in 2001, when the newspaper had a weekly release; six first place honors as a bimonthly Spanish-language publication in the 1990s, when Vida Nueva ran as a bimonthly publication, and three four place honors since it became a monthly publication (2003, 2011 2014 and 2015). For more information, visit, or

ATTACHED PHOTO: The staff of Angelus, Vida Nueva, and the Catholic Directory with Archbishop José H. Gomez (center) holding the first issue of Angelus, which launched in July 1, 2016