Excitement is building as the print edition of the Universe Catholic Weekly, supported by Cardinal Nichols, finally launched on 19th May.
Cardinal Nichols is urging Catholics to support the new initiative and subscribe. The new printed version of the Universe will be posted directly to print subscribers. Its content will be identical to the digital version.
Since its relaunch in September 2021, the Universe has been released in digital format only. Due to popular demand, a printed edition will now also be available. Cardinal Nichols spoke of his ‘delight’ at the news.
“It was with great delight that I learned that the paper will soon be available not just as a digital but also as a hard copy printed ‘paper’-thus meeting the needs of many readers and prospective readers who prefer to have the paper in this format,” he said.
“It seems amazing to me that it is now over 18 months since I became the first subscriber to the new Universe Catholic Weekly digital newspaper.”
The Cardinal underlined the importance of the Universe in conveying events in the Church. “I said at the launch of the Universe that we Catholics need to be able to find out what is happening in the world on a regular basis-especially in that key relationship between our faith and the world,” he said.“This is important not only for our own formation in faith, but also for our ability to spread the news of the great gift that we have received.”
Universe supporters are equally enthusiastic about the news. Pact, the national Catholic charity supporting prisoners and their families, said it was thrilled to know a print edition would be available alongside the digital version.
“We look forward to working together to reach Catholic people with news and stories that bring our faith and our work to life, on paper as well as online,” Pact’s Theresa Alessandro said.
Since news of the new print edition broke, subscription orders have come in at a fast pace – especially
from clergy. Universe circulation sales manager Michelle Jones said: “We have been delighted by the response from former subscribers, new subscribers and, of course, the parish priests whose support has
been so vital.”
The minimum order for parish supplies is five copies per week at £2.50 per copy. The cover price is
£3.50. Individual subscription rates are available: £42 for 3 months/13 issues; £75 for 6 months/26 issues;
£140 for 12 months/52 issues.
In order to subscribe to the new format, or for further information, call Michelle Jones on 07436 617650, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscriptions to both the digital and print editions are available on the Universe website here.