WASHINGTON (December 8, 2005) -- Catholic News Service this month published an updated version of its newsroom stylebook, the CNS Stylebook on Religion -- Third Edition.
More than just a guide to spellings and capitalizations, the new CNS Stylebook on Religion -- Third Edition is the ultimate reference work on all kinds of church terms, with entries on everything from Abba (always capitalize when used as a proper name for God) to zucchetto (don't call it a beanie!).
Previous editions were best-sellers not only within the Catholic press but also among secular journalists who recognized CNS's expertise on church practice and terminology.
But the target audience is not just journalists.
"We also think the CNS Stylebook on Religion should be in every Catholic high school and college library," said Tony Spence, CNS director and editor in chief. "Where else, for instance, can Catholic educators find quick and easy definitions for such church terms as apostasy, eparchy and theophany?" he said.
He added that journalists and nonjournalists alike will benefit from the CNS stylebook's entries on other religions -- from the Anglican Communion to Islam to Orthodox churches -- and their relations with the Catholic Church.
"That's why we've always called it a stylebook on religion, not just a stylebook on Catholicism," said Spence.
Founded in 1920 by the U.S. bishops, Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com) is the world's largest religious newswire and the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press. It is also a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world. CNS is editorially independent and is a financially self-sustaining division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"It's been only five years since the publication of Catholic News Service's Stylebook on Religion 2000, but it is safe to say that nearly every entry in this third edition has been changed in some way," says the new stylebook's introduction. "The most noticeable change -- and the one we hope will be most helpful to readers in this Internet age -- is the addition of Web addresses for most Catholic organizations, other denominations and many faith-based groups," the introduction points out.
Other revisions reflect changes in the last five years in liturgical practices, Vatican policies, interfaith advances and membership numbers for religions since the last edition, making the new stylebook a must-have for everyone.
The new stylebook even has a new and improved spiral binding that's sure to be appreciated by the book's power users.
The CNS Stylebook on Religion -- Third Edition is $14.95 for Catholic News Service publishing clients and $19.95 for all others, plus shipping and handling of $4 for one to four copies, and $6 for five to 10 copies. Call (202) 541-3290 for rates on more than 10 copies. Payment must accompany orders (check or money order made payable to Catholic News Service, or MasterCard or Visa).
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