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nenpa-Trans-1 June12-revThe Catholic Transcript has won first prize for overall excellence in the 2012 New England Better Newspaper Competition.

The competition, held each year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), draws nearly 3,000 entries from throughout the region. The NENPA awards were announced on Feb. 8.

The Transcript also earned first prizes for editorial writing, a themed or sponsored advertising page and feature photography. It took second place for a local personality profile story and third place for a local advertisement in color and for a personality photo.


The Transcript competed among biweekly, monthly and specialty publications in the five states.

In the general excellence category, it ranked higher than the New Hampshire Business Review, which took second, and Vermont Woman, which won third place.

Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, won the first-place award for editorial writing with the editorial "September 11 Recalled," which ran in October 2011.

Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer was awarded first place for feature photography for his photo of the entrance procession at the 50th anniversary Mass in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, published in the June 2012 issue. It was taken with a fisheye lens from a catwalk located almost 100 feet above the floor of the nave.

The June 2012 issue of the Transcript, with extensive coverage of ordinations to the priesthood and permanent diaconate as well as of priests and women religious celebrating significant anniversaries, took the high honors for a themed or sponsored advertising page.

A story about Mother Dolores Hart at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem earned a second-place award for a local personality profile.

A color ad for World Mission Sunday received third place for a color ad created for a local advertiser. A photo by Lenora Sumsky of costumed children participating in an Our Lady of Guadalupe procession won third place in the personality photo category.

The NENPA also named The Catholic Transcript Newspaper of the Year last October.


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.