Two major Catholic news outlets recently launch apps

Are you are a Catholic news junkie? Do you prefer to have timely, up-to-the-minute original source material for your news? We look at two important Catholic news outlets utilized by both Catholic and secular news agencies worldwide in their coverage of the Catholic Church. News outlets collect and distribute news with their own reporters, photographers and videographers. The two English-language news outlets below can be important additions to your app collection if you want to read freshly minted original reports.

Catholic News Service appCatholic News Service (Free) iOS, Android, Kindle. Billing itself as the “top Catholic news outlet in the world,” Catholic News Service has launched a mobile app to keep you even more connected with all news Catholic. Unlike its content-rich web site, the app offers a simple news feed along with video reports and news photos covering “fully, fairly and freely […] the involvement of the Church in the world today,” as the service describes its mission.

CNS is a respected news source operating under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for almost 100 years.  As we noted, the app is a little skimpy in content; only four stories were posted on the day we reviewed it. The news content is offered in a single chronological scroll with no categorization.

Catholic News Agency app

Catholic News Agency (Free) iOSAndroid is another solidly Catholic news outlet which similarly offered its content on a mobile app starting in July. Established in 2004, CNA is one of the fastest-growing Catholic news providers to the English-speaking world, according to developers. The mobile app gives you access not only to its news texts but also to video reports and news photos. This app is more appealing than Catholic News Service because it delivers more daily content, and it segments content into four categories: World, USA, Vatican and Americas. For major events like a papal trip, CNA will segment those news stories in a separate category. In addition to news, CNA provides daily Mass readings and Saint of the Day. These resources give the app a smigit more value. Like Catholic News Service, Catholic News Agency covers the Church with its own reporters and photographers stationed around the world.

If you’re looking for a jam-packed Catholic news scroll loaded with virtually every major event and controversy going on in the Universal Church, go with news aggregates with significantly more content than main news outlets like CNS and CNA. That’s because news aggregates pull from a variety of news sources. We recommend Pewsitter which is free and available for iOS and Android formats. It probably pulls from more news outlets than any other Catholic news aggregate. Other news aggregates which provide news headline scrolls like Catholic News Live and Catholic News Feed come at a small price but similarly have abundant content.

CatholicNewsAgency-PHOTOBoth the CNS app and the CNA app offer links to their Facebook and Twitter feeds, so you can conveniently access all their digital content in a single app. Keep in mind, the Twitter feeds will positively overrun your Twitter scroll, as most news outlets are prone to do.

Check out all our recommended Catholic news apps from the United States, the Vatican and around the world to select the app or apps that best satisfy your Catholic news appetite.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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