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El Pregonero

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El Pregonero is the official Spanish-language newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., published by Carroll Publishing Company. It was first published in 1977 by the Spanish Catholic Center, making it the oldest Spanish-language newspaper published in the capital city of the United States. El Pregonero provides a Catholic perspective on the issues and trends affecting the Hispanic immigrant community residing in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. It is printed monthly and distributed to the Hispanic population within the geographical boundaries of the Archdiocese of Washington, which includes D.C., and Montgomery, Prince George's, Calvert, St. Mary's and Charles counties in Maryland. In September 2005, Rafael Roncal, who had been with the paper since 1988, became Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper.In 1977, the Spanish Catholic Center, a social services agency of the Archdiocese of Washington created the newspaper. The newspaper was founded by Father Sean O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., who was executive director of the Spanish Catholic Center at the time of the newspaper's inception, and who now serves as the Cardinal-Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. Silverio Coy, a Colombian national, served as its first Editor-in-Chief until he left the post in 1982 to pursue his legal career, and is currently a lawyer. El Pregonero is a charter member of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). In the last 22 years the professional staff has won more than 241 awards for editorial content, design, and general excellence, from the NAHP and the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada. The newspaper is owned by Carroll Publishing Company, a corporation owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, which also publishes its sister publication, the Catholic Standard. The publisher of both newspapers is Washington Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl, whose biweekly column "The Teaching of Christ" appears in both papers and on both websites.

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