Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin Joins Register Staff Full-Time

08/26/2015 Comments (13)

Here's some great news from EWTN CEO and Register publisher Michael Warsaw:

I am pleased to announce that veteran Vatican reporter Edward Pentin will be joining EWTN as the full-time Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register on September 1st. This allows the Register to dramatically expand our papal and Vatican news coverage. Previously, along with his part time work on articles and blogs for the Register, Edward has also reported for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review. Edward's 13 years of reporting from Rome, his extensive knowledge of the Vatican and Catholicism, and his faithfulness to the...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Net Neutrality and the Gains of Fasting

03/07/2015 Comments (5)

On Register Radio this week, co-host Dan Burke and guest Matthew Warner, the founder of, who blogs at and co-authored the book The Church and New Media, discuss the controversy over President Barack Obama’s net neutrality proposal, which has been called Obamacare for the internet.

What’s net neutrality?

“To put it most basically, the idea that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally,” said Warner. “That when you go to access any kind of data anywhere on the internet that no middleman, or no provider of that service, would treat that content differently than anything else. ... So it is an effort to make sure all data is treated equally and...READ MORE

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Why the Register Opposes the Death Penalty

03/05/2015 Comments (117)

From the time of the publication of his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope St. John Paul II urged Catholics to re-examine the use of the death penalty — teaching that its use today should be “very rare if not practically nonexistent.” His successors Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis consistently have taught the same.  

We’ve taken that teaching to heart. We’ve prayerfully pondered it, and we accept it. Our reporting over the years has reflected this teaching. And, while we recognize that the Church has allowed for the legitimate use of the death penalty for society’s self-defense, we find that it’s harder and harder to argue that a particular act of capital...READ MORE

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Philly Readies for Likely Papal Visit, World Meeting of Families' Registration Opens

11/11/2014 Comments (4)

The Pope’s presence is still in limbo for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Philadelphia next September, but the Philly Archdiocese is geared up to welcome 8,000 to 12,000 people from around the world for the weeklong event and more than a million for the likely papal visit over the weekend.

“We are not likely to get an announcement of the Holy Father’s visit until after the turn of the year, but we’ve received many hopeful signs that he does intend to come,” Archbishop Charles Chaput told the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore Nov. 10-11 for their annual fall meeting.

The World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27. Keynote and breakout sessions will touch on...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper's Confusion

10/16/2014 Comments (65)
Cardinal Walter Kasper denies giving reporter Edward Pentin an interview after the conversation appeared on Zenit Oct. 15.  Yet the interview did take place. 
Pentin approached the cardinal outside the synod hall on Oct. 14.  The recording is here.
The problem is Pentin had identified himself at that time as a Register correspondent, which he is. And the Register did publish Pentin’s story with the Cardinal’s remarks (which can be read here).
Pentin is a freelance writer so he also pitches news to other outlets, including Zenit. After filing the story on the cardinal’s interview with the Register but before it was published online, he posted the transcript at Zenit. Pentin has since ...READ MORE

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Tooting Our Horn

06/26/2014 Comment

I’m delighted to share with our readers some significant kudos: Last week EWTN and the Register received recognition by the Catholic Press Association for journalist excellence in several categories. The awards were announced at the CPA annual convention held this year in Charlotte, NC. Judging is conducted “by a group of experts and Catholic press professionals,” according to CPA guidelines.

Most notable was the first place award for Best Front Page (broadsheet) for the Feb 24, March 10, March 24 print editions, which highlighted coverage of the papal transition (pictured). They were put together by our Managing Editor Tom Wehner, Associate Editor Amy Smith, News Editor Tom McFeely and...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Gimme Shelter/ Prayer and Peace

01/25/2014 Comments (1)

On Register Radio this week, I spoke with Kathy DiFiore, the founder of Several Sources Shelters, homes for pregnant women in crisis.  This woman’s remarkable story is part of the inspiration of the Hollywood film, Gimme Shelter, which premiers in theaters nationwide Jan. 24. It’s a film well worth seeing.

More than 30 years ago Kathy found herself in crisis with nowhere to go. She had just escaped her abusive husband and she was on the streets. Eventually she rebuilt her life. Her simply prayer throughout this time was that of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord make me a instrument of your peace…”

Indeed, she became just such an instrument. Shortly after settling into a new life in a new...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Women’s Dignity/ Apparitions True or False Part II

11/17/2013 Comments (13)

This week Dan Burke hosted both segments of the show.  First, he talked with Terry Polakovic, the founder of ENDOW, which stands for Education on the Nature and Dignity of Endow. (For full disclosure, I’m on the board of this organization.)

Terry outlined ENDOW’s mission “to engage the intellect of adult women and teenage girls so they can understand their God given dignity.” And she described the primary means by which they accomplish the mission.

“We create study materials for women and girls to use in small study groups. The idea was that women would get together much like a book club and study the teaching of the Church,” explained Terry.

Terry co-founded ENDOW 10 years ago...READ MORE

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Jeanette De Melo is the editor in chief for the Register. She recently became co-host to Register Radio along with Thom Price and Dan Burke. Before joining the Register staff in 2012, she served as the Archdiocese of Denver’s communications director, spokeswoman and general manager of the Denver Catholic Register, El Pueblo Católico, and the archdiocesan website. Prior to this position, she was the associate communications director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where in addition to managing media relations, she co-produced a weekly archdiocesan television program.