No Act of Service Was Beneath Him: Father Emil Kapaun’s Biographer on the Chaplain’s Legacy

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“Every day was the day you were going to die. It was pretty much a place of hell and despair with no hope.” That’s how the former Allied soldiers, interviewed by Wichita Eagle reporters Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying for their Christopher Award-winning book “The Miracle of Father Kapaun,” described their lives in prisoner of [Read More...]

Heaven, Iowa, and the Love of Fathers in “Field of Dreams”

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I didn’t realize that the movie “Field of Dreams” was now 25 years old until I read Kerry Weber’s exceptional essay about it on America magazine’s website. Her thoughtful and personal reflections examine the film’s inherent transcendence and spirituality in light of the love that her parents have always showed – and continue to show [Read More...]

The 2014 Christopher Awards: A Night of Celebrating Quality in Media and the Arts

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Joined by a capacity crowd, the 2014 Christopher Awards were another rousing success, thanks to several factors: the quality of the work created by our winners, their presence at the ceremony, and the outstanding presenters who left the crowd feeling inspired – Master of Ceremonies Ernie Anastos from Fox5 New York, NBC News’s Senior White [Read More...]

Blind Army Captain and Christopher Award Winner Offers Encouragement to Boy Losing His Vision

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In 2011, we recognized Captain Scott Smiley (seen here with his wife Tiffany) with a Christopher Leadership Award. Why? On April 6, 2005, while Captain Smiley was on patrol with his platoon in Iraq, a suicide bomber exploded a car bomb that sent shrapnel and debris into Smiley’’s eyes and brain, permanently destroying his vision. [Read More...]


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