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BLOOMFIELD – The Catholic Transcript has won six awards in the specialty newspapers category, including top prize for overall excellence and first place for general excellence in advertising, in the 2013 New England Better Newspaper Competition.

It was the second year in a row that the Transcript won first place in general excellence, and it prompted the judges to write, "Great leads and transitions. Very enticing, direct reporting. Striking images, beautiful layout, eye appealing ads and true community service."

The general excellence in advertising prize is the top award on the business side. The judges noted the paper’s good ad support and stated, "Excellent job of mining the specific advertiser categories that a specialty publication like this is most suited for."

M. Regina Cram took first place for editorial/opinion writing for three columns: "Build my Church" (November 2012); "Mental illness and whoopie pies" (June 2013) and "Mercy for the merciless" (February 2013). NENPA judges described her columns as "Insightful, honest and beautifully written."

For his human interest feature story "‘Midnight run’ brings daylight to many lives" (April 2013), Jack Sheedy earned first place. The judges said it was a "thoughtful, well described journey inside the angels at night who feed and help the homeless," delivered "with compassion and great storytelling."

Photographer Bob Mullen won second place for his feature photo in the April 2013 issue that showed Deacon Carlos Castrillón praying inside St. Joseph Cathedral.

The Transcript also took third place for a themed or sponsored ad page in the June 2013 issue that highlighted ordinations and religious anniversaries. "Community-driven content and targeted religious ads, features and profiles make this section thorough and engaging for targeted readers," the judges said.

The contest is held annually by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA). More than 3,200 entries were submitted by daily, weekly and specialty publications. The awards were presented Feb. 7 and 8 in Boston.

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.