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Jack Bauer, Vengeance, and Agape: A Review of the “24: Live Another Day” Finale

(The following post was written between 9:00am and 10:00am.) You wouldn’t expect a TV series with as high and bloody a body count as “24: Live Another Day” to include the concept of agape love, but the finale offered exactly that in the midst of its assassinations and even a beheading. After a four year [Read More...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: A Parable about War, Violence, and Human Nature

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Some people claim that organized religion is the root of all evil and violence in the world – that without disputes over God, humanity would live in relative peace. I thought of those people while watching “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which presents a world in which violence and war still exist without [Read More...]

“NY Med’s” Specialty is Helping Viewers Appreciate and Embrace Life

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During the Christopher Award-winning first season of the documentary TV series “NY Med,” a member of the medical staff commented that his job has taught him there are a lot of different ways a person can die – more ways than he ever realized. Ironically, “NY Med’s” specialty is helping viewers appreciate and embrace life. [Read More...]

Wounded Vietnam Vet Finds God’s Love in Pro Golfer’s Kindness

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: This is a story about a wounded Marine, ready to give up on life, and a visiting celebrity who convinced him otherwise—that God still had a job for him to do. It’s a perfect Christopher story, sent my way by a college classmate, and it’s [Read More...]

Opening Hearts to the Holy Spirit: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Tori Harris

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For 25-year-old singer-songwriter Tori Harris, attending a Baptist University was the best thing that ever happened to her Catholic faith. Though she grew up attending Catholic school and seeing her parents as models of the faith, Harris acknowledged during a recent interview on “Christopher Closeup” that she embraced Catholicism more intentionally in college because of [Read More...]

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

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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

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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

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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...]

‘Every Day is a Good Day to Remember Sam and What He Stood For’

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One of this year’s Christopher Awards went to the documentary “Life According to Sam.” It was about Sam Berns, who was born in 1996 with the rapid aging disease progeria, which usually results in death by age 13. When his physician parents, Dr. Scott Berns and Dr. Leslie Gordon, received that diagnosis, they resolved to [Read More...]

The Power of God, Truth, and Unreasonable Leadership

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Entrepreneur and education advocate Gary Chartrand wrote a book called “Unreasonable Leadership” a few years ago and, in a sense, that concept is what drew him to the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a parish priest killed by Poland’s communist government in 1984 for leading a nonviolent revolution against their oppression. As someone who achieved [Read More...]

Choosing Veterans Over Hollywood

The following post was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: I remember once, years ago, writing a Christopher column about a nun who made a project of sorts out of Gregory Peck, the actor. She had been on an NBC tour when he was a page and was taken with his voice, and now, a [Read More...]


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