was recognized recently by a national Catholic media group for excellence in journalism.

The Catholic Media Association awarded the official news agency of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with four awards June 10 for work produced in 2020. The awards concluded the annual Catholic Media Conference for Catholic communications professionals.

A second-place award went to a photography feature shot by Sarah Webb during a walk for peace in Philadelphia at the height of social tensions last year. “Walkers for peace and unity pray with police” featured images that contest judges called “powerful photos capturing the moments of this event.”


One photo of the set (shown above) won a second place award for best general news photo, which judges called “an aesthetically beautiful photograph, captured at exactly the right moment in a spontaneous action, and it draws attention to the story and newspaper. The perspective is just about perfect, and it tells a story that most people can relate to — inside and outside of the church. Really great work!”

An award for best sports journalism went to John Knebels for his story on a game between St. Hubert’s Catholic High School for Girls and John W. Hallahan High School for Girls, “One classy sisterhood: St. Hubert’s girls show love for Hallahan players.”

The judges said the story painted “a compelling picture of sportsmanship. In a year of never-ending challenges, a story of this type was needed. Captured well.” also won an honorable mention award for Best Print Special Supplement on a Bishop’s Transition, the 88-page print edition titled “The Archdiocese of Philadelphia celebrates its new shepherd, Archbishop Nelson J. Perez.”