The Way the World is Meant to Work: Heroic Sandy Hook Teacher Kaitlin Roig Discusses Her New Initiative

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The darkest experience of former Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Kaitlin Roig’s life has motivated her to start a project that will add a little light to the world by teaching children about generosity and compassion. Many people were introduced to Kaitlin on Dec. 14, 2012 when ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed her following the Sandy [Read More...]

What’s This 91-Year-Old’s Secret to Living a Long, Healthy Life?

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Many people wonder about the secret to living a long, healthy life. According to this video that former “Today” show contributor and Christopher Award-winning producer Mike Leonard put together of his 91-year-old mom Marge, the answer is a sense of humor and plenty of physical activity. And there might also be some vodka involved. [Read more...]

A Sports Champion’s Secret Life Saving Jews During the Italian Holocaust

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In Florence, Italy, July 1944, Tour de France champion Gino Bartali faced possible torture and death at the hands of the ironically-named Major Mario Carita. Though the military officer’s last name meant “charity,” his idol was a brutal killer: Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi leader in charge of Hitler’s Gestapo and SS. Why was Bartali, a [Read More...]

The 2013 Christopher Award Winners for TV, Film and Books Are…

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NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 — A world-renowned singer/songwriter explores the role music played in raising awareness about apartheid. A Tour de France winner joins forces with a Catholic cardinal to save Jewish lives in World War II Italy. An ex-convict in 19th-century France discovers that “to love another person is to see the face [Read More...]

A Hero of Baseball and World War Two

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The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: You’ve heard about the heroes of baseball who put the game aside to join America’s armed forces during World War II: Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and the rest. Some enlisted, others were drafted; some saw combat, others were spared. All of them, though, [Read More...]

Andrea Bocelli’s Surprise Performance at Easter Mass

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Famous tenor Andrea Bocelli decided to attend Mass on Easter Sunday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Florida. Not only did he attend, he asked if he could sing “Panis Angelicus” during communion. The church happily obliged him. To the congregation’s credit, they largely stay focused on receiving the Eucharist instead of the [Read More...]

“Out of the Pain and Out of the Darkness, Newtown is Resurrected.”

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On this Easter Sunday when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the ultimate sign of God’s love for humanity, the people of Newtown, CT devastated by the school shootings at Sandy Hook a few months ago have every reason to doubt the goodness of God, even the existence of God. But according to [Read More...]

Jesus Gets His Own Miniseries

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Following the ratings success of “The Bible” miniseries, hopes are high that a new minseries already in production, called “Jesus of Nazareth,” will soon find a U.S. network to air it. The new film is not a remake of the classic Franco Zeffirelli miniseries (the best Jesus film ever made, in my opinion), but will [Read More...]

The U.S.’ First Restaurant Owner with Down Syndrome

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Today is World Down Syndrome Day, a day to acknowledge and promote the good, loving, and inherently valuable lives of men and women who were born with an extra chromosome. It’s the perfect time to share this story from the Today Show about Tim Harris from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who may be the U.S.’ first [Read More...]

Why “Les Miserables” Has the Greatest Ending in Movie History

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(“Les Miserables” comes out on DVD March 22.) I generally roll my eyes at grand generalizations about movies, like “So-and-so is the greatest actor of his generation!” Those kinds of sentiments are a matter of subjective opinion, especially when they apply to actors who are barely in their twenties. Yet today, I’m going to make [Read More...]

True Beauty Can Change the World

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Singer/songwriter Audrey Assad, who I’ve written about in the past, just launched a new independent music project through Kickstarter.com that would fund an album she wants to record of Church worship songs. Fans supported the idea in droves, so it got funded in 50 hours. Additional funds will now be used to make the project [Read More...]

Companions on the Road to God Experience Doubt, Mystery and Redemption Together

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So a rationalist and a mystic walk into a bar. Okay, it wasn’t a bar; they walked into a writing class. That’s not the opening of some weird, existentialist joke. It’s the way a life-changing bond was formed between two talented young writers whose personal and spiritual journeys – told in the new book “Love [Read More...]


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