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...]

A Humble, Humorous, Prayerful Pope’s First Day on the Job

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Though Pope Francis chose his name because of the beloved and humble St. Francis of Assisi, he’s already got something in common with another Francis: namely, Francis Albert Sinatra, who famously sang the song, “My Way.” As John Thavis reports, the new Pope is already doing things “his way” in the best sense of the [Read More...]

Papal First Impressions and a Prayer

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Like most of the world, I was watching and waiting for the new Pope to emerge once the white smoke appeared. When Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina was announced, I can’t say he was someone I was familiar with since I didn’t follow the papabile that closely. But what little they shared about the man on [Read More...]

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence’s Friend with Down Syndrome Gets His Own Moment in the Spotlight

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The other day I posted some excerpts from a story in New York’s Daily News about Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence’s longtime friendship with Andy Strunk, a young man with Down Syndrome that she met in church many years ago. Now the local TV station in Louisville, Kentucky – WAVE3 – has given Andy his own [Read More...]

Heroes, Spies, Nazis and the Pope: A True Story That Reads Like a Spy Novel

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“A false prophet of Lucifer.” That’s how Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli – later to become Pope Pius XII – described Adolf Hitler in a 1935 open letter to the bishop of Cologne, Germany. In fact, Pacelli condemned the Nazis and anti-Semitism in 40 of 44 speeches he gave while serving as Cardinal Secretary of State of [Read More...]


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