UPDATE: Overcoming Troubles Leads to Life, Hope and a Grammy Award

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I just read that former “Christopher Closeup” guest Mandisa won her first ever Grammy Award last night for her album “Overcomer” in the category Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. In addition, the title track’s songwriters won for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Having interviewed Mandisa twice and met her once at a “Good Morning America” [Read More...]

Why You Should See “Gimme Shelter” and Ignore the Critics Shouting “Agenda!”

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I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the animosity – not just criticism, but animosity – directed at “Gimme Shelter” by secular movie critics, but I am disappointed. If you missed my earlier piece about the film, “Gimme Shelter” tells the story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), a 16-year-old homeless, pregnant teen trying to [Read More...]

Harry Connick Jr. Goes to Confession

In a previous blog post, I looked at the Catholic backgrounds of 2014 “American Idol” judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. On the Jan. 22 episode, Connick, who in a more serious moment called out a contestant for making a lewd comment to Lopez, also had a little fun with his Catholicism [Read More...]

Padre Whiskey’s Cause for Sainthood

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Father Joseph Walijewski was a veteran of South American mission work, arriving there from Wisconsin in 1956 to start a parish in Bolivia. After a few years he returned home for a short time, but came back to Peru in 1971 and then founded the [Read More...]


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