The Catholic News was first published in the year 1935. In the early days the paper was an eight-page tabloid-sized, weekly edition called The Catholic Leader.
Tracing the 73 years of the CatholicNews history, the newspaper has gone through tremendous changes to be the product it is today. Over the years changes were made to the title, the number of pages, contents and most recently, the attractive design and layout.
It is currently published by the Archdiocese of Singapore with a print-run of more than 24,000 copies per issue.
The CatholicNews commands a readership of approximately 70,000 Catholics as well as non-Catholics throughout the island. The non-Catholic readers are mainly those who attend the Saturday Novena devotion at Thomson Road. Last year’s special Christmas issue had a print-run of 32,000 copies.
Who reads The Catholic News:
It is distributed/sold in all the 30 Catholic churches in Singapore as well as a few parishes in the main cities of East and West Malaysia. Covering local parish news, current Vatican news, and news from around the Catholic world, well-researched articles on contemporary religious issues and popular syndicated columns of Catholic interest, the paper attracts mainly an adult audience and appeals particularly to the literate.