Website Updates

Articles with important website updates, including recent changes to our website itself and related things such as our mailing list.

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Editor Jo Siedlecka

Since Independent Catholic News was set up back in 2000, we've aimed to provide speedy and accurate news coverage of all subjects of interest to Catholics and the wider Christian community.

As our audience increases, so do our costs. If you value our news coverage - please consider supporting our journalism by becoming a donor (if you aren't already!). You can make a one-off donation, a m...

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Note from Editor: Navigation and layout changes

Today we've made some changes to make it easier to find content on ICN. (Don't worry - its all very straightforward!)

We've moved some of the links at the top of the website under 'Other Pages', and added new links for 'News', 'Opinions & Reflections' and 'Arts and Culture'.

And we've made layout changes.

The left sidebar now only displays article categories. Links to our News...

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Improved ICN support for US & Canada

Back in April 2017, we redesigned the ICN website to better support increasing usage of smart phones and tablets, where 60% of our audience now view our website from a mobile device (up from 45% back in April 2017).

Now moving into 2019 we've been looking into other demographics, and one that stood out was that although ICN is based in the UK, our users come from all over the world, so we...

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Updates to our Mailing List

It's been just over a month now since we redesigned ICN, and we've been getting lots of feedback that users are enjoying the new look and faster loading times.

However there are two small issues that have been mentioned a few times relating to our mailing list.

The first is that many readers who were subscribed to the mailing list have reported not receiving daily emails since t...

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New look for ICN

ICN was set up back in 2000, and now although our audience has increased to millions of unique viewers every year - the design of ICN hasn't really changed. In the past couple of years in particular our audience has risen to almost 45% from mobile devices like iPhones and iPads, which the site is not currently designed for. Text is very small & navigating it is a very slow process.

As of ...

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ICN - 16th birthday today

Jo Siedlecka with Jean Vanier when he was awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize

Dear Readers Hard to believe but Independent Catholic News is 16 today! Many thanks to everyone who has helped on this project and given us so much encouragement and support.

The technology has certainly developed since the site was launched on 4 May 2000. At that time ICN was the only on-line Catholic news service in the UK and published just two updates a week. Now news is po...

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Very best wishes for a Happy and Holy Easter from Independent Catholic News.

We are taking a break from today. Some news, the Saints and Listings will continue to be published on the site. The next full update will be on Thursday, 9 April.

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Christmas Greetings from ICN

Very best wishes for a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Blessed New Year, from Independent Catholic News.

The next full update and mailing, will be on 2 January 2014.

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ICN is 13 today!

Independent Catholic News

Independent Catholic News is 13 years old today. Many thanks to all the many people who have encouraged us in this voluntary project - with your messages, prayers, and generous contributions.

When we launched on 4 May 2000, we only published two updates a week, manually writing each one in HTML. We progressed to a Content Management System four years ago (designed by Bondware in Memphis, ...

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HAPPY EASTER (ICN on holiday)

Very best wishes for a Happy and Holy Easter from Independent Catholic News.

We are taking a break from today. While the Saints and Listings will continue to be updated, the next full news posting and e-mail updates, will not be resumed until 7 April.

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Very best wishes for a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Blessed New Year, from Independent Catholic News.

There will be occasional updates but the full news service will not resume until Tuesday, 2 January 2013.

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Independent Catholic News is on vacation from tomorrow.

The Saint of the Day and Listings will continue as usual on the site and there may be occasional news postings, but the next full update and ICN e-mail service will be on the 29th of August.

We wish everyone a happy and restful summer holiday!

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Note from editor about ICN Catechists Pages

Pet Blessing in north London

Dear Readers - Catechist Pages

We've just just started up this section on Independent Catholic News, and hope it will become a useful resource Catechists everywhere. If you are doing something interesting in your parish or group; if you have tried something new, or have ideas to recommend or information about courses and other events - do let us know. If you would like to send...

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Message from editor - new plans for ICN

Jo Siedlecka

Dear Readers - Today is World Communications Day and the Feast of St Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Journalists. First of all I would like to say thank you very much to all our readers, e-mail subscribers and supporters and all those who send in news each day. The number of readers is increasing. We are now getting more than 144,000 unique visitors each month. Several ...

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