Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Crux will continue with the Knights of Columbus as its partner

Crux staff
March 15, 2016

Crux will live to see another day.

Veteran Vatican reporter John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of Crux, and the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, have announced that they will enter into a partnership in which Crux will remain an independent news outlet headed by Allen and Vatican correspondent Inés San Martín.

Allen said the joint project is designed to make one of the world’s best known Catholic news platforms even stronger. The partnership will combine the Knights’ resources and spirit of service with the journalistic experience and commitment of Crux.

As part of the project, Catholic Pulse, a news and commentary website operated by the Knights of Columbus, will merge with Crux, adding its resources to Crux’s blend of staff-generated reporting and analysis with pieces by respected guest contributors. The Crux website will feature the tagline: “Keeping its finger on the Catholic Pulse.”

The announcement comes less than a week after The Boston Globe announced that it would no longer support Crux financially, citing a lack of advertising revenue. The Globe launched the Catholic website in September, 2014 with Allen as its lead reporter, San Martín based in Rome, Michael O’Loughlin as national reporter, and Margery Eagan as a spirituality columnist. Other columnists and freelancers rounded out the editorial features.

The Globe is turning the site’s assets over to Allen, and will help him with his transition to the new website.

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