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To our readers:

RICHARD A. NENNEMAN has been named Editor in Chief of The Christian Science Monitor and Richard J. Cattani has been named the newspaper's Editor, effective Nov. 14. In his capacity as Editor in Chief, Mr. Nenneman will be responsible for coordinating the editorial content of the newspaper; domestic radio programming and international shortwave services; the new monthly magazine, World Monitor; and the nightly television program of the same name appearing nationwide on the Discovery Channel. This new position is in line with the expanded activities of The Christian Science Monitor, which require overall coordination to achieve the most efficient use of editorial talent.

Mr. Cattani replaces Katherine W. Fanning, who resigned as Editor of the newspaper Nov. 14. Mrs. Fanning recently completed a term as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She was an admirable spokeswoman for the Monitor and brought a great deal of vitality to its newsroom. We value highly her contribution to the Monitor during her five years as Editor.

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Mr. Cattani joined the Monitor in 1966. After holding a number of writing assignments in Boston and in Monitor bureaus elsewhere, he returned to Boston in 1983 to become editor of the editorial and opinion pages, a post he held with distinction.

Mr. Cattani holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University; he is also a director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut.

Nenneman first joined the Monitor in 1965 as its financial editor. He held this position for nine years, after which he joined a bank in Philadelphia. He returned to the Monitor in 1983 as its managing editor. During his three years in this post, he and Earl Foell, then Editor in Chief, edited ``How Peace Came to the World,'' the book resulting from the Monitor's Peace 2010 contest in 1985. Nenneman is also a graduate of Harvard, where he received his bachelor's degree and a master's degree in international studies.

Earl Foell is now Editor in Chief of World Monitor magazine, a new monthly magazine of world affairs, and also senior editorial adviser of The Christian Science Monitor.

The appointment of an Editor in Chief to integrate Monitor editorial resources is a step in the recognition of the larger news organization the Monitor has become since 1984, when the first radio program was launched. Each of the programs that has been developed has a potential to reach a far wider audience than does the Monitor alone. It has, however, remained our intention to maintain the daily newspaper as center of the Monitor news organization. We would expect to see evolutionary changes in the newspaper in coming months which will make it of ever greater value to its readers.


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