The following comes from a September 16 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange press release:

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is extending its multimedia outreach within Orange County by launching a Spanish-language counterpart to its weekly Orange County Catholic newspaper.

Orange County Catholic En Español debuted September 20 as a bi-weekly Spanish-language newspaper publishing every other Sunday, with a digital replica available through Combined, the English- and Spanish-language newspapers will reach an audience of more than 100,000.

Both English- and Spanish-language editions are published in partnership with Freedom Communications.

“As the Catholic population continues to grow, our diocese must also expand the ways we connect and communicate with the faithful in our community,” said Bishop Vann. “Orange County Catholic En Español is an important vehicle to bring inspirational stories of faith and news through a Catholic lens to our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters. It is our hope that the content included within this newspaper will grow understanding and deepen the faith of our community.”

Orange County Catholic En Español will have a 25,000 bi-weekly distribution throughout Orange County, and specifically within Hispanic-dominant communities such as Santa Ana and Anaheim. It will be available at more than 330 retail and news rack locations within high-traffic retail locations, which includes distribution alongside Freedom’s weekly Spanish-language newspaper, Excélsior. Copies will also be distributed at 25 predominately Spanish-speaking parishes.

Orange County Catholic En Español will cover the latest news, trends, family and social issues, and faith experiences of specific relevance to Spanish-speaking Latinos in Orange County. The 12- to 16-page newspaper will also profile inspiring leaders and ministries that are part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and include a column from Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange. Additionally, the newspaper will include features and a robust events calendar to help followers connect with one another and live out their faith.