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Prestigious Jesuit journal shifting focus to promote commentary, online access

April 05, 2013

Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal that enjoys a special relationship with the Vatican, is undergoing its first-ever design change, shifting its emphasis to commentary rather than news coverage, and making its contents more accessible through the internet and social media.

Founded in 1850, Civilta Cattolica is Italy’s oldest magazine. The journal carries special authority because all articles are cleared in advance by the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Father Antonio Spadaro, the current editor of the Jesuit journal, said that Civilta Cattolica is adapting to the new realities of journalism in the internet age. “Today, communicating means less and less ‘transmitting’ news and more ‘sharing’ with other visions and ideas,” he told an April 5 press conference in Rome. Civilta Cattolica is also working with Google to make all of the issues dating back to 1850 available online.


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