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The religious press

There are about two dozen national periodicals concerned with religion and religious organisations. Those associated with the main denominations include the Church Times (Anglican), the Catholic Herald, the Methodist Recorder and the Baptist Times, all of which were founded in the 19th century and appear weekly. Conservative Anglican opinion finds expression in the Church of England Newspaper. The Tablet is a respected Catholic magazine with readers outside the church.
The Church Times sells at least 30,000 copies each week, giving it the highest circulation among these publications. The paper claims a readership of more than 80,000 people, most of whom serve the church in some capacity (as clergy, church wardens, etc.).
There are also periodicals produced by non-Christian groups, notably the Jewish Chronicle, Muslim News and Sikh Times. The Jewish Chronicle claims to be "the world’s oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper"; it was established two decades before the Church Times. It also sells more copies than the best-selling Christian newspaper, though its weekly circulation has fallen dramatically in recent years, from around 46,000 in 1995 to 35,000 in 2005.

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