About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.

Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, “Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and West sides.” Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the dark forces [Read More…]

When Ron Burgundy interviewed Jim Caviezel and Treated Him Like Jesus

In light of all the bad news lately, I’m posting something lighter. It’s a 12-year-old clip of Will Ferrell, playing his dunderhead “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy, interviewing actor Jim Caviezel, who he believes is really Jesus. It’s an amusing three-and-a-half minutes that was done for the MTV Movie Awards. And Caviezel plays along, displaying he’s [Read More…]

The Day the Nuns Met Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

(Photo property IMP Features/Ferry de Kok) While shooting a movie called “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in Amsterdam, Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds appear to have been mobbed by a group of fangirl nuns. The Daily Mail reports: Whether scripted or by chance, a van bearing the [Sacred] Heart on the side pulled up at the [Read More…]

Live Together or Die Alone: Reflecting on an Angry America

(Photo property of Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News) “Last week most of us were strangers. But we’re all here now. And God knows how long we’re going to be here. But if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” That’s a famous speech from an episode of “Lost,” in which Jack Shephard (Matthew [Read More…]


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