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“When Calls the Heart’s” Brian Bird on Family TV Shows, eFangelism, & Modern Parables

Brian Bird has been a writer and producer in Hollywood for 30 years, working on shows like “Touched by an Angel” and the sitcom “Step by Step.” His latest project is season two of the Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart,” which is based on the popular novel by Janette Oke.The show takes place in the year 1910 and tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to high society life who gets assigned to a frontier town called Coal Valley. She makes new friends the … [Read More...]

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“NY Med” TV Series & iHope School Founder Patrick Donohue to Receive Special Christopher Awards

NEW YORK, April 21, 2015 — At the 66th annual Christopher Awards ceremony here on Wednesday May 13th, Patrick Donohue, who created a school for children with traumatic brain injuries, and ABC News’s documentary TV series “NY Med,” will receive special awards. Donohue will be honored with the James Keller Award—while “NY Med,” about the life-saving work of medical professionals at several local hospitals, will receive the Christopher Spirit Award. The James Keller Award, named after The Chris … [Read More...]

Art Has Power to Bring People Together: An Interview with “Little Boy’s” Eduardo Verastegui

Eduardo Verastegui was a popular singer and telenovela star in his native Mexico when he came to Hollywood looking to build a career in the States as well. But when he reconnected with his Catholic faith during that time, he decided to focus his energies on projects that gave greater glory to God – … [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris Says Taking Care of Elderly is Like Taking Care of Jesus

We live in a very youth-oriented culture and, as a result, senior citizens in our society often don't receive the respect and attention they deserve.In the video below, Father Jonathan Morris says that when we care for our parents or grandparents or others who are aging and lonely, we are … [Read More...]

Kids with Special Needs Want to Be of Service and Take Part in the Life of the Church

"Parents of children with special needs need to realize that even though they didn’t expect to have a child with special needs, that was the child God gave them, and God doesn’t make mistakes."David and Mercedes McBride Rizzo came by that truth first hand when their daughter Danielle was dia … [Read More...]

A Mohawk-Themed Mass in Honor of St. Kateri

(Photo property of narrative.ly)One of our freelance writers, Garan Santicola, recently wrote an article about Native American Catholics for the website Narratively, which describes itself this way: "Narratively is a platform devoted to untold human stories. We avoid the breaking news and the … [Read More...]

“The Flash” Brings Old-Fashioned Heroism to the Modern TV Landscape

Tom Hanks has long been acknowledged as a modern-day Jimmy Stewart in the film world. An argument could be made that Grant Gustin is filling that role in the TV landscape with his role as Barry Allen in "The Flash," the CW series whose hero brings a touch of old-fashioned heroism to the modern … [Read More...]

The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are…

NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as “the Fonz,” and a nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician are among the creative forces behind the 20 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people being honored at the 66th annual Christopher A … [Read More...]

Why One Man Traveled Around the World with No Money and Relied on the Kindness of Strangers

TV host and author Leon Logothetis was walking down Hollywood Boulevard one day when he saw a homeless man holding a sign that read, "Kindness is the best medicine."It dredged up a lot of memories for Leon, who had originally moved to the United States from England where he worked as a … [Read More...]

As Baseball Season Begins, Remember God is a Mets (and Probably a Cubs) Fan

(Photo property of NY Mets)It's a joke I heard years ago (though from who I can't remember), and I return to it every baseball season.How do you know God prefers the Mets to the Yankees?Because when the Yankees are in the ninth inning of a tight game, fans in the stadium are standing and … [Read More...]

I Want to Help Kids See They Have a Hero Inside: An Interview with Joan Bauer

A car accident seemed to end Joan Bauer's career before it even began.After spending several years studying to be a screenwriter, Joan signed with a big talent agency in New York City, ready to take on a new phase of her life. Two days later, she endured a debilitating car accident that left her … [Read More...]

Blue Hair Ain’t Just for Old Ladies Anymore (& Other “American Idol” Musings)

(All photos property of Fox and American Idol)One of the noveltys on "American Idol" this season is that two of the female contestants have blue hair. Thankfully, that's not the only reason they stand out. They've also got talent to match.First, there's Joey Cook, whose voice and musical … [Read More...]


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