Asia’s oldest Catholic magazine marks 50 years

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MANILA, Dec. 3, 2016 – A Catholic publication that has lived through Vietnam War, the collapse of the USSR, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and martial law in the Philippines marks its 50th anniversary this year.

“Through thick and thin, IMPACT Magazine has been zealous in pursuing the development of perspectives on social issues not only within the confines of the Catholic Church but also in other Asian religions,” said Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, Impact’s current editor in chief in the magazine’s special anniversary issue.

Dedicated to the magazine’s editor of 38 years, from 1965 to 2004, Fr. Cornelius Breed, Impact’s golden anniversary issue continues to pursue the vision of presenting pressing socio-political, moral and religious issues in Asia – from poverty, land security, health and population to labor and war.

Spiritual and physical

According to Antonio L. Ledesma, Impact is a testament to the Church’s belief that the physical, economic, and socio-political cannot be divorced from the moral and the spiritual.

In his foreword to Fr. Breed’s compilation of Impact editorials, Ledesma notes, “To read these editorials as mere essays dealing with agriculture, development, population and human rights is to miss their essential meaning. For these editorials have a unifying framework—the conviction that the spiritual flows over the material, so that the material and the earthly take on a spiritual and heavenly content.”

The advocacy magazine that focuses on socio-political issues in Asia was conceived in August 1965 during the Priests’ Institute for Social Action (PISA) in Hong Kong. It was only the following year, 1966, that the first issue of the newsletter called Impact came out.


Since then, Breed, a Mill Hill Missionary who was ordained a Catholic priest in London, studied doctorate in Canon Law in Rome, and took parish work in Antique in Western Visayas, continued to run the monthly magazine until he had to let go of editorial duties due to failing health in February 2005. The following month, Quitorio of the CBCP Media Office took over as editor in chief of Impact.

Inquiries about Impact magazine subscriptions may be made through the Areopagus Facebook page.

The magazine is sold at Php 70.00 each. (CBCPNews)

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