The A.D. Times, the newspaper of the Diocese of Allentown, has received two awards in the Catholic Press Association (CPA) 2013 Catholic Press Awards.

A second place award for Best Editorial National or International was presented for an opinion piece written by Father Bernard Ezaki entitled "Where there's smokeā€¦" about standing up for religious liberty that was published in the March 29, 2012 issue.

Father Ezaki was recently assigned as assistant pastor at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown after 24 years as Director of Spiritual Activities at Bethlehem Catholic High School.

A second place award in the Sports Journalism Feature category was presented for a story by staff writer Tami Quigley entitled "Like Tebow, diocesan teams witness to their faith on the field" that compared the displays of faith of athletes on diocesan high school teams to those of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. The story ran in the March 15, 2012 issue of the AD Times.

The A. D. Times competed against other Catholic newspapers in the United States and Canada with a circulation of 40,001 and higher. It is mailed to more than 60,000 Catholic families in the five-county Diocese of Allentown and posted on the diocesan website, www.allentowndiocese.org.

This brings to 23 the number of CPA awards for The A.D. Times in its 24 years of publication.