The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Co. in Kansas City, Missouri, has received a three-year, $2.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to report on the work of Catholic nuns around the world, NCR reports.
The grant will enable NCR to hire a network of editors and reporters to write about Catholic nuns and help them develop their communications skills by working as columnists who report on their own work and challenges. NCR, a layperson-led independent news organization that covers the Catholic church, plans to create a Web site dedicated to nuns' stories and voices and will also include some of its content on its other media platforms. The site will also serve as a tool that nuns can use to build and enhance their own communication networks.
"The work of these women religious is one of the least-told stories in the church," said NCR publisher Tom Fox. "It's really an exciting challenge to bring these stories and voices to greater awareness. It also recognizes the changing nature of our global church."