Nominated for Best Religion and Spirituality Site in the 13th Annual Webby Awards

Fans can vote online to help win People’s Voice Award.

Boston, MA, April 18, 2009 --( CatholicTV announced that its website has been nominated for Best Religion and Spirituality Site in the 13th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet., developed by Verndale, features advanced streaming video technology, social features to engage a community of viewers, and a visually appealing design that reflects the organization’s philosophy. Viewers can view live streaming CatholicTV broadcasts, play a variety of Catholic broadcasting episodes, and even submit videos of their own to the site.

"Nominees like CatholicTV are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."

"Intense planning, vision and execution have made one of the top television destinations on the Web. Confident in what the teams at Verndale and at CatholicTV have produced, we’re proud to call it ‘Your Catholic Broadband Network.’" said Father Reed, Executive Director of CatholicTV.

As a nominee, is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 30th, CatholicTV fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at

Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 8th hosted by Seth Meyers. Winners will be able to share one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches with the world. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote."), Beastie Boys ("Can anyone fix my computer?"), and Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.").

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

About CatholicTV

CatholicTV is a television network that broadcasts local and national religious programming and live events for the Catholic audience - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Employing the power of television and the Internet, CatholicTV proclaims the Truth of the Gospel in the Catholic Tradition. Through relevant programming they educate, teaching the Wisdom of God in the Catholic Tradition, endeavoring to move people of all ages, cultures and attitudes toward the fullness of life.

About Verndale
Founded in 1998, Verndale has helped hundreds of emerging and mid-sized organizations maximize the value of their web assets. Experienced in website design, application development, integration services, and online marketing, the company helps clients meet the challenges of business today in innovative and forward thinking ways. Verndale is a Microsoft Certified Development Partner and maintains active partner relationships with many of the leading Content Management, Portal, Commerce, Search, and E-Mail Marketing platforms. The firm has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal and Inc. Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts and the US respectively. For more information visit

About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received over 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Silverlight; The Creative Group; .ORG; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Wired; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

Caroline Bone