For the second year in a row, the Western Catholic Reporter has been named the top regional Church newspaper in Canada.

The award for general excellence was one of nine picked up by the WCR on April 30 at the Canadian Church Press conference in Toronto. The CCP has honoured the WCR as the first or second best regional newspaper eight out of the last 10 years. All the awards were for publications in 2015.

The CCP also gave first-place awards to the WCR for the best news story and the best opinion article. Reporter Thandiwe Konguavi won the award for the best news story in any Church newspaper for her report in the June 15th issue on Edmonton’s St. Thomas More Parish’s mobilization to welcome Syrian refugees. Austin Mardon, an advocate for the mentally ill, won the award for the best opinion article for the second consecutive year. His article in the Feb. 23rd issue – Ruling will Increase Suicide Temptation for the Mentally Ill – commented on the Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide.

The WCR also won two second-place awards. Reporter Ramon Gonzalez and editor Glen Argan were honoured in the category of in-depth treatment of a news event for their coverage of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ in the paper’s June 29th issue.
Argan also won second place for the layout and design of an entire issue of the newspaper.

Konguavi, Gonzalez, Argan, and former WCR editor Douglas Roche also received third-place awards.

Other major awards went to the Anglican Journal as the best national Church newspaper and Geez as the best national magazine.

Canadian Church Press is an association of Christian publications that offers support and fellowship to its members, united in an effort to maintain high standards of religious journalism. The CCP is one of the most active and broadly based ecumenical organizations in Canada.