Vatican selects Our Sunday Visitor as sole distributer of paper

The Huntington-based Our Sunday Visitor, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, has been selected by the Vatican as the exclusive distributor of the North American English edition of L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper.

Founded in 1861, L'Osservatore Romano publishes papal discourses, texts and documents, reports on the events of the church and Pope Benedict XVI, and provides news of cultural debates and international life from the perspective of the Catholic Church.

"This is a partnership that works well for both entities," said Greg Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor. "Our Sunday Visitor is able to expand on our mission to serve the Church in a very direct way and assist the Vatican in its mission at the same time. Plus, the Vatican is able to take full advantage of our leadership position as one of the largest publishing and distribution houses in the United States."

Our Sunday Visitor will begin distributing L'Osservatore Romano in August and will also provide fulfillment, customer service and marketing support for the newspaper.

The focus will be promotion to individual Catholics, parishes, dioceses and other Catholic organizations.