Hard Times Come Again No More

In light of last week’s bombings in Boston, explosion in West, Texas, and all the other troubles going on around the world, we could use a little beauty and harmony in our lives. The harmonies of the young Stella Sisters – Lennon and Maisy, from the TV series “Nashville” – convey exactly that kind of [Read More...]

What Are You Putting Between Yourself and God? Unmasking the Idols in Your Life

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Though we modern folk believe we’re much smarter and less gullible than, for example, the Israelites who lived thousands of years ago and built themselves a golden calf to worship, we are in fact just as willing to bow down before false gods as they were. Our tendency to do so may be even more [Read More...]

Holy Women of the Church

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The following is a text copy of the new Christopher News Note, “Holy Women of the Church:” Since its beginning, the Church has benefited from the strength, courage, faith, and determination of holy women. After all, it was a young woman, a girl, really, whose “yes” to God set the Incarnation in motion, making Mary [Read More...]

Terror and Fear Do Not Have to Win Out

In response to the inevitable fear and stress that people may be experiencing in the aftermath of this week’s violence in Boston, our friends at “Verily” magazine posted an excellent piece today by Amanda Fazzio called “Regaining Peace After the Boston Marathon Bombing.” Here’s an excerpt: When bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon this week, [Read More...]

“Groundhog Day” in Reverse: A Review of Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Remember Sunday”

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There may be some people in your life that you wish you could forget, but Gus Gillenwater (Zachary Levi) in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Remember Sunday” (airing Sunday April 21 on ABC at 9/8C) has the opposite problem. As the result of a brain aneurysm he suffered in 2009, his long-term memories remain intact, but [Read More...]

Grace, Gold & Glory: An Interview with Olympic Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas and her mom, Natalie Hawkins

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One of the most impressive things about Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas’ memoir “Grace, Gold & Glory” is that even though it’s her life story, she doesn’t make it all about herself. The teen readily acknowledges that if it weren’t for the support offered and sacrifices made by her mother, brother, and sisters, she would never [Read More...]

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

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

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...]


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