CFA produces print materials with development themes and spiritual values.CFA’s media ministry actually started with publications. As early as 1960, Fr. Cornelio Lagerwey and his mission partner Genaro V. Ong launched the Philippine edition of the Catholic Digest. This was followed in the mid-1960s by the hard-hitting magazines Action Now and Ang Tao, published by the CFA’s parent organization, the Social Communications Center. But SCC lost its publishing license during the imposition of martial law in 1972. Then in 1979, the Communication Foundation for Asia started its first regular magazine, Pambata. More magazines followed. CFA also published a number of books on theological and communication subjects.
CFA’s past publications are recognized benchmarks in development communication literature. These include Communication and Development (a collection of key devcom lectures and articles), From the Village to the Medium and Communication Research. CFA recently started a new series of book publications on Film & Faith authored by international film reviewer Peter Malone, MSC.
The Publications team now focuses mainly on creating supplementary reading material for elementary and high school students. CFA publishes seven educational youth magazines, all of which come out with five issues every school year, from June-July to February-March. Aside from the academic supplement KidSmarts and Pambata, CFA publishes magazines for the Faith Series, including the popular Gospel Komiks (English and Filipino editions), Gospel K Magazine and Gospel Notebook.
Many of these CFA publications and their writers are award-winners in different categories of the annual Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA). Several writers are also awardees in other Philippine literary contests.