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Former OSV publisher to head US bishops' news service

July 20, 2016

Greg Erlandson, who recently retired as publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, has been named editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service (CNS), the news agency run by hte US bishops' conference.

Erlandson had been editor of the National Catholic Register and then Rome correspondent for CNS before joining Our Sunday Visitor in 1989. A former president of the Catholic Press Association, he served on the special papal commission that recommended a restructuring of the Vatican's communications offices.

A popular figure among Catholic journalists, Erlandson will assume his new role in September, directing the US bishops' news agency. "Greg brings a remarkable combination of management expertise, journalism skills, and demonstrated service to the Church at the national and international level," said Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, the general secretary of the US bishops' conference, in announcing the appointment.

Erlandson replaces Tony Spence, who was forced to resign in April after posting Twitter messages in which he ridiculed legislation designed to protect religious freedom and to keep men out of women's restrooms.



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