Joshua J. McElwee

Joshua J. McElwee is NCR's Vatican correspondent. His reporting and feature writing have earned numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada and have been featured in Vatican Insider, The Huffington PostThe Irish Catholic, The Official Catholic Directory (The Kenedy Directory), and other outlets.

He was awarded third-place for the Religion Newswriters Association's prize for Magazine Religion News Report of the Year in 2013, for which he was also a finalist in 2015 and in 2012. He was also a finalist for that organization's 2013 award for Religion Feature Writer of the Year and 2014 award for Multiple Media.

In 2014 the Catholic Press Association lauded a piece of his spiritual writing following a trip to Assisi, Italy, saying it "conveyed the humble nature of St. Francis, and took us there." In 2016 he wrote 10 Things Pope Francis Wants You to Know About the Family for Liguori Publications.

A graduate of The Catholic University of America, McElwee has reported for NCR from 16 countries. His e-mail address is

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June 16-29, 2017