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John M. Kelly Library

Research Guide to Catholic News and Opinion

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This research guide is maintained by Noel S. McFerran. It was last updated September 2011.


Online or Print

The Kelly Library provides access to many Catholic newspapers and magazines full-text online through the University of Toronto Libraries website: search E-journals for the name of the publication.

Usually, if a publication is available online, the Kelly Library no longer subscribes to the print edition. If the Kelly Library does have a current subscription, these items are marked “Current Journal Display” to indicate that the most recent issues are on display on the 2nd Floor of the Kelly Library.

Finding Articles on Particular Topics

Many (but not all) of the most important Catholic news and opinion publications are indexed in either the ATLA Religion Database (ATLA) or the Catholic Periodical Literature Index (CPLI).


Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (CPLI).

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (CPLI).

[Available online (1981–present) for UofT use]
[Print version (1930–1980): St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area AI 3 .C3]
Over 200,000 bibliographic citations to Catholic books, book reviews, and journal articles from more than 160 Catholic magazines. Includes both scholarly and popular material. Use the print version to find articles published before 1981.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials.

[Available online (1949–present) for UofT use]
Over one million bibliographic citations to journal articles, essays in books, and book reviews in the field of religion. Covers all aspects of the major world religions, but excludes most Catholic journals (which are indexed in the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index).

It is possible to search the ATLA Religion Database and the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index at the same time: when you are using one or the other index, click on the blue Choose Databases tab at the top of the webpage, place checkmarks against both indexes, and then click on the OK tab.

International

Origins.

Origins.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .O75 (1976–present)]
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display]
A weekly publication which re-prints important pronouncements and speeches by the pope and other major Catholic leaders. Indexed in CPLI. Detailed author and subject indexes in the back of each annual volume.

L'Osservatore Romano.

L'Osservatore Romano.

[Italian daily, some full text available online]
[Italian daily on CD-ROM, St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1861–present)]
[English weekly, some full text available online]
[English weekly on CD-ROM, St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1968–present)]
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display]
The official newspaper from the Vatican; there is a daily Italian-language version and a weekly English-language version (as well as versions in other European languages). English-language version indexed in CPLI.

Canada — English–Language

The Catholic Register

The Catholic Register.

[Full text available online]
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1893–2003) on microfilm]
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk, current issues]
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display]
The official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Toronto with news coverage for the entire country.

The B.C. Catholic.

[Full text available online]
A newspaper published for Catholics in British Columbia.

Western Catholic Reporter.

[Full text available online]
A newspaper published for Catholics in Alberta.


Prairie Messenger.

[Full text available online]
A newspaper published for Catholics in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Catholic Insight.

Catholic Insight.

[Available online (1996–present) for UofT use]
[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .C364 (1993–present)]
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display]
A monthly magazine of Canadian Catholic news and opinion.

Challenge.

Challenge.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .C48 (1986–present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
A monthly magazine of Canadian Catholic news and opinion.

Canada — French–Language

En Communion.

[Full text available online].
The bi-monthly French-language magazine of the Diocese of Nicolet.

L'Envoi.

[Full text available online].
The monthly French-language magazine of the Diocese of Saint-Hyacinthe.

Haute Fidélité.

[Full text available online].
A magazine of the Archdiocese of Montréal. Most content in French, but with an English-language section Hi-Fi.

Presence Magazine

Présence Magazine.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BV 4000 .P746 (1992–present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
A monthly French-language magazine with articles which reflect upon contemporary social events and issues from a Christian perspective.

Relations.

Relations.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 802 .R23 (1941–2007)].
[Regis College (1941–present)].
A bi-monthly French-language magazine published by Canadian Jesuits for those involved in the promotion of justice. Indexed in the Canadian Periodicals Index 2000 present.

United States — Newspapers

National Catholic Register.

National Catholic Register.

[Some full text available online].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1969–2003) on microfilm].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk, current issues].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
A weekly newspaper with an editorial stance which is usually supportive of church authorities. Indexed in CPLI.

National Catholic Reporter.

National Catholic Reporter.

[Available online (1991–present) for UofT use].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1964–2004) on microfilm].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk, current issues].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
A weekly newspaper with an editorial stance which is often critical of church authorities. Indexed in CPLI.

Our Sunday Visitor.

Our Sunday Visitor.

[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1986–2003) on microfilm].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk, current issues].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
A weekly newspaper with an editorial stance which is usually supportive of church authorities. Indexed in CPLI.

The Catholic Worker.

The Catholic Worker.

[St Michael's 1st Floor Journals Area, 1933–1961].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk, 1972–2003 on microfilm].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk, current issues]
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
The tabloid-sized newspaper of the Catholic Worker Movement. Indexed in CPLI.

Catholic New World.

[Available online]
The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Catholic New York.

[Available online]
The newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York.

Catholic Review.

The Catholic Review.

[Available online]
The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

My Catholic Standard.

[Available online]
The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

United States — Magazines

America.

America.

[Available online (1988–present) for UofT use].
[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .A4 (1909 present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
The leading American magazine of Catholic commentary covering religious, political, ethical, and social issues. Indexed in CPLI.

Commonweal.

Commonweal.

[Available online (1988–present) for UofT use].
[St Michael's 3rd Floor AP 2 .C6897 (1924–present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
Similar to America, but with an editorial stance which is slightly more critical of church authorities. Indexed in ATLA and in CPLI.

The Catholic World Report.

The Catholic World Report.

[St Michael's 1st Floor Journals Area, 1995–present].
A monthly magazine with more news and less commentary than First Things and Crisis.

Crisis.

Crisis.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .C3697 (1987–2007)].
A monthly magazine similar to First Things. Indexed in CPLI.

First Things.

First Things.

[Available online (1990–present) for UofT use].
A monthly magazine edited by Father Richard John Neuhaus which aims to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society. Indexed in ATLA.

Inside the Vatican.

Inside the Vatican.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .I56 (1994–present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
A monthly magazine with more news and less commentary than First Things and Crisis. Indexed in CPLI.

New Oxford Review.

New Oxford Review.

[Available online (1999–present) for UofT use].
[St Michael's 3rd Floor BR 1 .N66 (1984–2006)].
Significantly more aggressive than America or Commonweal. While historically it was considered conservative, it now readily attacks just about everybody. Indexed in CPLI.

StAR: Saint Austin Review.

StAR: Saint Austin Review.

[St Michael's 2nd Floor GN 357 .S73 (2002–present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
Similar to First Things and Crisis. Formerly published in England, but now published in the United States and edited by Joseph Pearce.

Europe
The Tablet.

The Tablet.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor AP 4 .T17 (1949–present].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
The leading English magazine of Catholic commentary covering religious, political, ethical, and social issues. Also includes news items. Indexed in CPLI.

The Catholic Herald.

The Catholic Herald.

[Some full text available online].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1934–1994) on microfilm].
[St Michael's 1st Floor Circulation Desk (1995–2007)].
The major Catholic weekly newspaper in England and Wales.

30 Days.

30 Days.

[St Michael's 3rd Floor BX 801 .A13 (1986–present)].
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Current Journal Display].
The monthly English-language edition of the Italian magazine 30 Giorni, edited by Giulio Andreotti.

La Stampa

Vatican Insider.

News and commentary on topics of Catholic interest. Published by the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa.

Sandro Magister

Chiesa.Espresso.Repubblica.

Commentary on Catholic news-stories by Sandro Magister, writer for the Italian weekly magazine L'Espresso and daily newspaper La Repubblica.

Newswires

There are a number of Catholic newswire services available online; among the best are the following:


Catholic News Agnecy

Catholic News Agency.

[Available online]

Catholic News Service.

Catholic News Service.

[Available online]
Catholic World News.

Catholic World News.

[Available online]

EWTN News.

EWTN News.

[Available online]

Headline Bistro.

Headline Bistro.

[Available online]

Zenit.

Zenit.

[Available online]