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Every year The Catholic Telegraph’s pages and its website are filled with the stories of faithful Catholics living out the Gospel, important coverage of the pope and bishops and key information on the life of Catholics in the 19-county Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

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With the help of website analytics and staff consultation, The Catholic Telegraph was able to select 10 of the top stories that appeared in print or on the website in the past year. Many great and important stories that were published this year are not on the list, but those below represent the top headlines.

Now it is up to you, the reader, to select the order of the top 10. The survey will be available until Dec. 18 at noon for voting. To take the survey, click here or see below. Simply click your choice for the top story of the year, and based on votes collected, we’ll reveal the order of our top 10 stories of 2015 in the January 2016 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

Before voting, read the synopses below and check out the nominated stories at the following links. The stories are listed here in order of publication date.

Local man Jack Metz visits every Hamilton County parish

An 85-year-old resident of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati completed a two-decade long quest of attending Mass in every Catholic church in Hamilton County. While the quest was completed in 2014, the story appeared in the January 2015 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph. Metz is a parishioner at St. Monica/St. George parish in Clifton.


Capital campaign One Faith, One Hope, One Love announced

Last January the Archdiocese of Cincinnati launched One Faith, One Hope, One Love, a capital campaign with a goal of raising $130 million with half of the money slated to help Catholic education in the archdiocese. The campaign was a success and is expected to reach its goal of $130 million in pledges by Dec. 4.


Married former Episcopal cleric becomes Catholic Priest (Fr. Thomas Wray) 

Father J. Thomas Wray, presently the Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, was ordained a priest on March 7 of this year. What made Father Wray’s story unique is that he is a married father of two and spent nearly 30 years as a an Episcopal cleric before converting to Catholicism and eventually entering formation for ordination. Father Wray’s ordination was made possible via a “pastoral provision” issued by Pope St. John Paul II in 1990.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati archives renovated, reopened 

The Chancery Archives of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati were moved to a newly renovated location that reopened in 2015. With the hiring of new archivist Sarah Patterson, the new archives have been able to start doing genealogical research again while remaining open to scholars wishing to study the rich history of the archdiocese.


Archbishop Schnurr reacts to gay marriage decision

This June the Supreme Court of the United States legally redefined the meaning of the word marriage in the United States. That very day, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr released a statement to the faithful. His words on that historic day went on to become the second most-viewed story of 2015 at TheCatholicTelegraph.com.


Food for All campaign

Foor for All: Be Multiplied was a multi-faceted campaign by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to welcome Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. by working to end hunger. With food donations, letter writing, a 5k obstacle race and more, the campaign exceeded its goal and raised more than 1 million food items for the hungry.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati ends annulment fees 

Heeding the calls of the Holy Father Pope Francis, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati announced Sept. 11 that it would be halting the charging of fees to process marriage cases in its tribunal. Previously $300 for a formal case, no charges would be levied to anyone bringing a case after Sept. 14 of this year.


Pope Central: Online center of papal trip coverage 

Pope Central was the name of a post at TheCatholicTelegraph.com the served as a central resource of all stories related to Pope Francis visit to the Americas. Stories were broken down into local and national categories complete with background and analysis. Pope Central was a top story by page view at TheCatholicTelegraph.com.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati brings pope to Fountain Square 

Pope Francis’ visit to the United States captivated the nation. Locally, more than 600 people gathered in Downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square to watch the pontiff speak to congress. In this event, organized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, hundreds of people who couldn’t travel to Washington D.C. or Philadelphia were able to experience to presence of the Holy Father.


The Catholic Telegraph launches new website, new look

In November of 2015 The Catholic Telegraph relaunched its website TheCatholicTelegraph.com with a completely new and improved design and a new color scheme and logo. The new site replaced a five-year old web design and the new logo replaces a 15-year old design. The new site is mobile and tablet friendly for the first time in the site’s history.

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Posted Nov. 30, 2015

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