About Us

The Examiner is a Catholic Newsweekly published in the Archdiocese of Bombay, India. It also serves as the official news magazine for the Archdiocese.

The Examiner traces its genesis to 1850. When Bishop Hartmann came to Bombay in 1850, the one Catholic newspaper for those under the Vicar-Apostolic's Jurisdiction was the Bombay Catholic Layman, run by two Irish laymen, who used the paper to oppose the first Bishop Whelan and then Bishop Hartmann. Rather than cross swords with them, Bishop Hartmann encouraged the starting of the Bombay Catholic Standard, under the editorship of another Irishman. Soon, disappointed with that paper as well, the Bishop approached a certain Mr. Borges, a son of the soil, who in July 1850 had, on his own initiative, started a monthly publication, The Examiner. Three months later in September 1850, with Mr. Borges' consent The Examiner became the ecclesiastical organ of the Vicariate under the Bishop's control and management, but under another title, The Bombay Catholic Examiner. By 1852, the other two publications folded up while The Bombay Catholic Examiner kept on going. In April 1905, its title was shortened once again to The Examiner.

The Examiner has continued its legacy of informing and catechizing the lay faithful for 170 years. It is widely read not just in Mumbai, but also nationally and internationally. It is usually a 40-page magazine, with articles from prominent writers, both lay and clergy, on the relevant themes of the week. The magazine also covers all Church news on a local, national and international level. The faithful are kept abreast of all Church happenings and the pronouncements of the Holy Father. The weekly editorial gives a critical reflection/analysis on a current issue of ecclesiastical or secular significance.

The Examiner also has an e-paper version that is especially accessed by people abroad. The Examiner also has a fledgling presence on social media, with regular digital projects to make its presence felt in the virtual space, to reach out to younger audiences.

The current Editor of The Examiner is Fr Anthony Charanghat, who completed 25 years at the helm in 2018.