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The About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards

The Best Catholic People, Products, and Organizations in Ten Categories

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Every year, the About Readers' Choice Awards showcase the best products, people, organizations, and services in multiple categories, from technology to hobbies to parenting to religion. The readers of About.com make the nominations; each About.com Guide chooses the finalists (up to five in each category) from among the nominees; and the readers and others vote to choose one of the finalists as the best in the category for that year.

The About.com Catholicism GuideSite first participated in the Readers' Choice Awards in 2011, and the response was overwhelming, with thousands of nominations and tens of thousands of votes. The process begins every year in January with the nominating round, followed in February by the voting round, with the winners announced in March.

Read on to find the schedule for this year's About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards, followed by descriptions of each of the ten categories, and links to the nomination forms (when nominations are open) or polls (during the voting round). You will also find links to both the finalists and the winners for previous years in each category.

To be notified automatically every year when nominations and voting open for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards, simply sign up for the free Catholicism Newsletter.

The 2013 About Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards Schedule

  • January 14, 2013, 12:00 A.M. EST: Nominations open
  • February 11, 2013, 11:59 P.M. EST: Nominations close
  • February 19, 2013, 10:00 A.M. EST: Finalists are announced and voting opens
  • March 19, 2012, 11:59 P.M. EST: Voting closes
  • March 27, 2013: Winners are announced

Best Catholic Book of 2012

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Nonfiction, fiction, theology, apologetics, devotionals-any type of Catholic book, in any language, is eligible for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Book of 2012, as long as it was published in 2012. (Not sure when the book was published? Look it up on Amazon.com.) Have the exact title of the book and the author's name ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; nominations with incorrect or missing information will not be considered.

Best Catholic Book Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Blog

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Catholic blogs come in all shapes and sizes—some are written by laymen, some by priests, others by religious; some are attached to broader Catholic websites (see the next category), and some stand on their own. They can be funny or serious; devoted to apologetics or news; written by a single person or by a group. The only requirement for eligibility for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Blog is that the blog be identifiably Catholic. Have the exact name of the blog and its URL ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; if either the name or the URL is incorrect or missing, the nomination will not be considered.

Best Catholic Blog Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Website

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Like Catholic blogs, Catholic websites come in many different forms. Some, in fact, include blogs as well as other content. If you want to nominate a specific blog on a Catholic website, nominate it for Best Catholic Blog; if you want to nominate the entire website, nominate it for Best Catholic Website. (You can even nominate a blog on a particular website for Best Catholic Blog, and then nominate the website as a whole for Best Catholic Website.) As with the Best Catholic Blog, the only requirement for eligibility for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Website is that the website be identifiably Catholic. Have the exact name of the website and its URL ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; if the name or URL is incorrect or missing, the nomination will not be accepted.

Best Catholic Website Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Podcast

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Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the past several years, and Catholic podcasts are no exception. From the daily readings for Mass to saint-of-the-day podcasts, from devotionals to Catholic news and commentary, there is a remarkable variety of Catholic material available in podcast form. The only requirement for eligibility for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Podcast is that the podcast be identifiably Catholic. Have the exact title of the podcast ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; nominations for unidentifiable podcasts will not be considered.

Best Catholic Podcast Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Magazine

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There aren't as many Catholic magazines today as there used to be, but the ones that survive need our support. And nominating them for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Magazine is one way to show it! The magazine can be in any language, and published in any country; the only two requirements for eligibility for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Magazine are that it must be identifiably Catholic and it must come out on a regular basis. Have the exact title of the magazine ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; if the title is wrong, the nomination will not be able to be counted.

Best Catholic Magazine Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Newspaper

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Catholic newspapers are even more of an endangered species than Catholic magazines. Bring some well-needed recognition to your favorite Catholic newspaper by nominating it for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Newspaper. The newspaper can be a daily or a weekly; can be published in any country; and can be in any language. The only requirement for eligibility for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Newspaper is that the newspaper be identifiably Catholic. Have the exact title of the newspaper ready when you go to fill out the nomination form, in order to make sure that the nomination will be accepted.

Best Catholic Newspaper Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic iOS App

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A quick search for "Catholic" on the iTunes Store returns over 720 Catholic iPhone apps and over 370 Catholic iPad apps. Do you have a favorite iOS app? Nominate it for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic iOS App! Have the exact title of the iOS app ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; many app title are very similar, and if it's not clear which app you're nominating, the nomination cannot be considered.

Best Catholic iOS App Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Radio Show

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AM, FM, satellite radio, shortwave, even streaming on the internet—you can nominate any Catholic show for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Radio Show, as long as it is identifiably Catholic. However, in order to verify that the show is eligible to be nominated, you will have to include a URL for an official page for the show. The URL can lead to a website for the show or to another official outlet (such as a Facebook page or Twitter feed for the show); but without a URL, the nomination will not be considered. So make sure to have the title of the show and a URL ready when you go to fill out the nomination form.

Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter

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There are a lot of Catholics on Twitter—too many, in fact, to know which ones are really worth following. That's where the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter comes in. Nominate your favorite Catholic Twitterer, and share him or her with the readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism! The only two requirements for eligibility for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter are that the person be identifiably Catholic and tweet about Catholic topics on a regular basis. Have the person's name and Twitter username ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; if the Twitter username is incorrect, the nomination will be thrown out.

Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

Best Catholic Facebook Page

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If you think it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff on Twitter, try finding the best Catholic pages on Facebook. More spring up every day. The only two requirements for the About Catholicism Readers' Choice Award for Best Catholic Facebook Page are that the page be identifiably Catholic and actively updated. Have the page name and URL ready when you go to fill out the nomination form; if the URL does not load the Facebook page, the nomination will not be considered.

Best Catholic Facebook Page Finalists and Winners From Previous Years:

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