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ABC News’s David Muir Answered Facebook Questions About Meeting Pope Francis

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In the lead up to the special edition of ABC News’s “20/20″ this Friday Sept. 4 at 10:00pm Eastern featuring Pope Francis talking to Americans via video conference, anchor (and moderator of the event) David Muir answered viewer questions on the ABC News Facebook page. Here are some of the questions and responses: Q: This [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Dealing with Loneliness

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When we think of pain, we often consider it in physical terms, like a headache, a broken bone, or some other ailment. But loneliness can also be a source of deep pain on an emotional, mental, and spiritual level. The ironic thing is that feelings of loneliness can arise even when you’re surrounded by other [Read More...]

A Coach Fights to Save His Catholic School

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: If you’ve ever heard of St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, chances are it had something to do with basketball. The New Jersey school has a record in that sport that borders on the unbelievable: 27 state championships; innumerable careers at the college level; [Read More...]

Twelve-Year-Old Enthalls “America’s Got Talent” Audience with “Pie Jesu”

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Arielle Baril, a 12-year-old with a powerful voice, enthralled the audience of “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday night with her rendition of “Pie Jesu.” Not only that, she brought out a mellow side to judge Howard Stern, who said after her performance, “My wife is here tonight, my daughter is here tonight, I just want [Read More...]

Sister Annie Credidio Brings Healing to Society’s Untouchables

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When American-born nun Sister Annie Credidio moved to Ecuador in the mid-1980s to be a teacher at El Nuevo Mundo School, she attended Mass at a local hospital and noticed that members of the congregation were missing fingers, toes, legs, and teeth. She soon discovered that this was a hospital for people with Hansen’s Disease [Read More...]

Father Jonathan Morris on Study That Finds Religion is the Key to Long-term Happiness

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A study by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that religion is the key to happiness in the long term. It beat out volunteering, taking a class, and volunteering for a political organization. Father Jonathan Morris appeared on “Fox and Friends” this weekend to discuss [Read More...]

How Hope & Faith Got Two Young Women Through 10 Years of Captivity and Sexual Abuse

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Considering that Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were kidnapped, held hostage, abused, and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro for 10 years, it might seem odd that they named the memoir about their experiences “Hope.” But that is the word that perfectly describes these two young women who endured more darkness [Read More...]

Mental Illness: Healing the Unseen Wounds

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Mental Illness: Healing the Unseen Wounds” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: The tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams in the summer of 2014 relaunched our nation’s ongoing conversation [Read More...]

A Vision of Heaven in Central Harlem: iHope Finds Beauty Amid Brokenness

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You might expect a school for children who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to be a sad or somber place, but I found a different reality when I visited the International Academy of Hope (a.k.a iHope) last week. In fact, this converted nightclub above a Conway’s department store on the corner of 116th Street and [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on Scripture’s Power to Transform Our Lives

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Today, Father Jonathan Morris shares his insights on making Bible reading a part of our daily lives. It might seem to daunting a task to tackle the entire book right away, so he suggests starting with the Gospels in small doses. And it’s not enough just to read the words. Father Jonathan offers ideas on [Read More...]

Atticus Finch, Bizarro Atticus, & Anakin Skywalker: Brief Thoughts on “Go Set a Watchman”

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Atticus Finch’s change from “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” social justice/civil rights role model to “Go Set a Watchman’s” resident racist may be the most drastic character development since the Yippee-shouting young Anakin Skywalker became the throat-crushing Sith Lord Darth Vader. Readers who embraced Finch’s nobility – and who have even named their children after him [Read More...]

A Morning Prayer from St. Thomas More

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Blogging has been light lately because I’m working on The Christophers’ annual “Three Minutes a Day” book of daily stories and reflections (Pre-orders will start soon). Yesterday, I came across a prayer written by St. Thomas More that seems an appropriate way to start your morning, so I’m sharing it here (as well as in [Read More...]


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