Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

From today’s Associated Press: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood [Read More…]

How Two Sentences from Mark’s Gospel Spread Education, Hope and Purpose Around the World

When Jim Ziolkowski got word that several inmates at the maximum security prison Sing Sing wanted to meet with him, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It seems they had all read his Christopher Award-winning book “Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?” about his creation of the nonprofit buildOn, and wanted [Read More…]

UPDATE: Thanks, William Devane: A President’s Sacrifice Produces Best Episode of “24” in Years

During its regular eight season run, “24” never shied away from killing main characters – a story element that, when it’s done right, leaves viewers feeling emotionally devastated. Sometimes it worked, as in the case of Jack Bauer’s wife’s murder at the end of season one. Other times, it felt forced and unnatural, as if [Read More…]

Superstars Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Duet on “Amazing Grace” at Children’s Hospital

Keith Urban has always come across as a genuinely nice guy during his two judging stints on “American Idol.” He also takes his faith seriously, as I covered in my recent blog post “American Idol’s Catholic Judging Panel.” Urban’s sense of compassion was on display again last Friday, but in a much different venue: Monash [Read More…]