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description Subscription weekly newspaper
publishing company Essener Kirchenzeitung Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
First edition April 1, 1959
attitude December 21, 2013
Frequency of publication weekly
Sold edition 14,443 copies
( IVW  Q4 / 2013)
Editor-in-chief Ulrich Engelberg (editor-in-chief at the time of hiring)
editor The Bishop of Essen
Web link
Circulation from 1998 to 2013

The RuhrWort was the church newspaper of the Catholic diocese of Essen . It was founded in 1959 and appeared weekly in the Rhenish format , most recently with a print run of over 14,000 copies.


The founding editor was the Viennese journalist Otto Kaspar (1920–2010). Father Johannes Leppich recommended him to the Essen bishop Franz Hengsbach . In 1960 the annual average was around 145,000 copies. Otto Kaspar headed the RuhrWort until 1987.

On December 20, 2012, Vicar General Klaus Pfeffer announced that the diocese newspaper would be discontinued at the end of 2013. The last edition (Vol. 55, No. 51/52) was published on December 19, 2013, dated December 21, 2013.

Regional editions

The RuhrWort was published in the Diocese of Essen with the five additional regional editions of Duisburg, Oberhausen / Mülheim, Gelsenkirchen, Bochum / Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis / Märkischer Kreis and Bottrop / Gladbeck in the Essener Kirchenzeitung Verlagsgesellschaft mbH , a member publisher of the Catholic Media Association . Advertisements were distributed via KONPRESS-Medien eG , a marketing association of 37 Catholic and Protestant newspapers.


The RuhrWort provided information from a Christian-Catholic perspective on current issues from the Church, society and politics. One focus was the reporting on life and events in the universal church as well as in the local church, regionally with news from the parishes of the diocese of Essen. The usual newspaper columns such as radio and television tips, help in life and features supplemented the content.


The RuhrWort was delivered by messengers who also collected the subscription fee. Delivery by the post office was also possible.

Editor and editor

  • Editor: The Bishop of Essen
  • Management: Gertrud Stevens
  • Publishing director: Gertrud Stevens
  • Editor-in-chief: Ulrich Engelberg

Successor magazines

After the RuhrWort was discontinued , people associated with the previous church newspaper founded the Neue Ruhr-Wort as a weekly newspaper independent of the diocese of Essen.

Instead of a church newspaper, the diocese of Essen has been sending the free, six times a year magazine BENE to all Catholic households in the diocese since the beginning of 2014; BENE is an artificial word made up of the first letters BE for diocese of Essen and the Italian word bene (good).


  • Christian Klenk: The beginning of the end or a special case of the church press? The diocese of Essen discontinues the "RuhrWort" . In: Communicatio Socialis , Vol. 45 (2012), pp. 430-435.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Ben Witter : The "Ruhr word" and the professionals . In: Die Zeit of March 13, 1970, p. 72.
  2. Christian Klenk: The beginning of the end or a special case of the church press? The diocese of Essen discontinues the "RuhrWort" . In: Communicatio Socialis , Jg. 45 (2012), pp. 430-435, here p. 433.
  3. Press release of the diocese of Essen: "Pacemaker" for the Christians on site. On December 20, 2010, at the age of 90, the first editor-in-chief of the Essen diocese newspaper "Ruhrwort", Dr. Otto Kaspar. January 11, 2011, accessed May 30, 2020.
  4. RuhrWort will be discontinued at the end of 2013 , accessed on June 21, 2016.
  5. ^ Ulrich Engelberg: Editorial . In: RuhrWort , December 21, 2013, p. 2.
  6. . Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  7. ↑ The new diocese magazine is called BENE ., December 6, 2013; accessed on June 21, 2016.