The first issue of a Spanish-language newspaper was mailed this week by the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese to 110,000 Latino households in what Archbishop Roger M. Mahony termed "something completely revolutionary in Catholic journalism."
The 24-page tabloid, Vida Nueva, or New Life in English, contains both secular and religious news--"always from a Catholic perspective," Mahony said. Starting out as a biweekly, it will become a weekly in June, he said.
"With its debut," Mahony said, "Vida Nueva immediately becomes the largest Spanish-language newspaper published by the Catholic Church in the United States and one of the largest Spanish-language publications in Southern California." Spanish-language, Catholic-run papers in Florida, Chicago and the District of Columbia have much smaller circulations, he said.
Mahony said the archdiocese intends to mail and distribute the advertising-supported newspaper free to as many Spanish-speaking homes--Catholic and non-Catholic--as can be located in the Los Angeles archdiocese covering Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.