June 27, 2019  |  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”

Angelus, the official magazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, won 17 awards at the Catholic Press Association’s 2019 Catholic Media Conference. Spanish-language Archdiocesan monthly newspaper Vida Nueva received 10 awards. Both publications were recognized for high quality reporting, analysis and photojournalism, on social justice issues, including immigration, homelessness, foster care and death penalty. The Archdiocese’s Catholic Directory received first place among diocesan directories.

The Archdiocese was honored with the Fr. John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award for Best Use of Social Media in the Ministry of Evangelization for the “Mary, Mother of the Church in every home” campaign during May 2018.

“We were surprised and humbled to receive this award,” said Pablo Kay, Angelus News editor. “It was a blessing to work together with all the members of the Communications Department to utilize digital and traditional media platforms to share Archbishop Gomez’s beautiful gift in honor of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. The award means very little in comparison to the graces that the Blessed Mother has brought to the homes and lives of our readers.”

The newsletter Always Forward, by Tamara Long-Garcia, received an honorable mention for Best Electronic Newsletter. Angelus received six first places, including one for best regular column for Archbishop José H. Gomez’s weekly column “New World of Faith.”

“The wide range of Angelus content and writers that were honored at this year’s CPA awards are a beautiful reflection of the diversity that makes the Catholic Church in Los Angeles so special,” said Kay. “These awards encourage us here at Angelus to keep doing our part in the Church’s mission of evangelization, following the words of St. Junipero Serra, ‘Always forward, never back.’”

The competition included Catholic publications from across the U.S. and Canada, and recognized work done in 2018.

Angelus’ Features Editor Robert W. Dellinger, along with reporter Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil received a first place for Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues, for the stories “Without a home,” “Surviving safety,” and “We live for the poor.” For second year in a row, Dellinger was the recipient of the first place for Best Coverage of Violence in our Communities, together with Columnist Ruben Navarrete and reporter Tom Hoffarth, with the stories “Killing fields USA,” “Tragedy on repeat,” and “A love stronger than death.” Dellinger also won first place for Best Reporting on a local issue, “Caridad sobre ruedas”. In 2018 he led the CPA awards as Writer of the Year.

Other Angelus’ 2019 first places included Best title and lead-in, for “Bards of pray: Why is it that such a surprising number of the world’s best poets today are Catholics?” by Mike Aquilina, and Best Illustration with Graphic Design or Art, “Catholic stuff: The story of 2,000 years told in 100 objects,” by Jacob Popcak. Second places included Best Regular column: Arts Leisure Culture Food Ad Rem, by Robert Brennan; Best Essay (Diocesan Magazines) “The cross carries me,” by Rita Simmonds; Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues, “Fostering Hope,” “Making a family vocation,”The Greatest gift of all,” by Nicholas Wolfram Smith and Tom Hoffarth; and  Best Regular Column “Changing America,” by Ruben Navarrette.

Angelus’ third place awardees include columnist Grazie Pozo Christie (With Grace) for Best Regular Column: Family Life. Honorable mentions include columnist Heather King (The Crux) for Best Regular Column, and Greg Erlandson (Intersections) for Best Regular Column: General Commentary.

Victor Aleman, Angelus’ photographer and Vida Nueva’s editor and photographer, took first place for Vida Nueva’s Best Story and Photo Package for the story “Una ciudad de jóvenes santos,” along with reporter Clara Fox. Aleman got a second place for Best Multiple Picture Package “La Cruz Peregrina,” and a third place for Best Cover – Magazine or Newspaper, Vida Nueva April 2018, together with designer Osvaldo Cisternas. The Spanish-language newspaper second places included Best Regular Column by a bishop or archbishop “No más mañanas,” by Archbishop José H. Gomez; and Best coverage of canonizations by reporter Silvia Galdamez. Honorable mentions included associate editor and reporter Alicia Morandi, for Best Interview and Best Reporting.

“For the past 29 years, Vida Nueva has always sought to strengthen the Catholic faith in our editorial content,” said Victor Aleman, editor of Vida Nueva. “At the same time, it has also provided the necessary information regarding education, job opportunities, community resources, health concerns, political and social changes, immigration issues and workers’ rights. I feel deeply fortunate to have been working as an editor for all these years, and I always keep praying to God and to Our Lady of Guadalupe that we may continue to be inspired, motivated and at the forefront in this medium, to keep informing our Catholic community in our city.”

In total, Angelus was awarded six first place, four second place, three third place, and four honorable mention. Vida Nueva won two first place, three second place, two third place awards, and three honorable mention. The Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese won a first-place award.

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 Crux, led by 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