Texas Catholic Herald wins two national CPA Awards in Canada

July 18, 2017

HOUSTON — The Texas Catholic Herald won two awards at the 2017 Catholic Media Conference June 20-23, including one first-place award and a second-place award, at the Catholic Press Association (CPA) 2017 Press Awards Ceremony in Quebec City, Canada, June 23.

The CPA awarded a first place for best in-depth coverage of pro-life issues. The winning package titled “Witnesses to Life” included three articles written by Managing Editor Rebecca Torrellas, Writer and Designer James Ramos and Herald Correspondent Annette Baird, with photos by James Ramos.

The package was praised for their “consistent and comprehensive set of articles comprise this pro-life coverage. The stark photo accompanying the story about the scheduled death by injection of a Texas inmate captures the reader’s attention and the story is equally compelling.

Overall, the message reminding readers of the Catholic Church’s ‘fabric of respect for life’ from conception to natural death is clearly stated in the scenarios, the quote, and references to Catholic Social Teaching.”
Ramos was also recognized for his sports article “Faith in the outfield: Bringing the grace of Mass to the dugout.”

Earning him Second Place in the Sports News category, judges said it was a “compelling story about efforts to offer religious services for Major League Baseball players and how the mission has caught on throughout the sport. Nice use of historical background on long-standing efforts to evangelize the world of sports, an effort that dates back to St. John Paul II.”

The mission of the CPA of the United States and Canada is to build and strengthen the value and worth of the Catholic press by facilitating the professional, economic and spiritual growth of its members.

CPA’s awards program allows Catholic journalists, authors, publishers and media professionals to showcase their hard work from the previous year.