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BOSTON – Msgr. David Liptak, executive editor of The Catholic Transcript, took first place for editorial writing in a biweekly or monthly newspaper in the 2011 New England Better Newspaper Competition, sponsored by the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA). It was the first of seven awards that the Transcript received.

The award was for Msgr. Liptak’s September 2010 editorial "Altering the Record?," which deals with the frequent omission of "under God" from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. A judge’s comment in a published list of winners states, "Readers stand to learn a lot from these well researched and well written editorials."

The paper also took second place in Advertising General Excellence, an award that prompted the judges to write: "First-rate newspaper by anyone’s standards. Excellent reproduction, superior news content (and writing), skillful makeup and a plethora of exceptional well-produced local ads. Their Web site is as helpful and user-friendly as their paper-and-ink publication."

Jack Sheedy, news editor, took second place in the Personality Photo competition for a photo of a young man and his pet dachshund, which appeared in the November 2010 issue; and third place for his October 2010 story, "Outreach effort aims at prostate cancer," which NENPA judges deemed "Good, solid coverage of an important public health issue."

Transcript reporter Mary Chalupsky earned third-place awards for a human interest feature story about singer José Feliciano ("Faith, music mix for the Felicianos") in the January 2011 issue; and for her local personality profile of Dominican Father Peter John Cameron ("Searching, reaching for the infinite") in the September 2010 issue. Judges deemed the Feliciano story an "up close look at a legendary musician, his family and his faith." Of the Father Cameron piece, they wrote that it "left the reader with a great sense of the subject," including his "spiritual ties to his artistic passions."

The staff of the Transcript also won a third-place award for general excellence as a "complete newspaper for its readers."

All awards were in the biweekly/monthly newspaper category. More than 1,400 entries were submitted by news outlets throughout New England, and more than 400 people attended the awards ceremony.

The award ceremony was held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers on Feb. 11.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.