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Mother Dolores Hart Discovers Twitter at the Christopher Awards

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More pictures from the 2013 Christopher Awards ceremony, which was held last night, will be coming soon. But for today, I’m sharing this cute shot taken by Olga Segura of “America” magazine. It shows “America’s” Associate Editor, Kerry Weber, teaching Mother Dolores Hart what Twitter is. So if “the nun who kissed Elvis” suddenly sets [Read More...]

The Prodigal Son Meets SEAL Team SIX: The Short, Humble, Fearless Life of Adam Brown

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“That was the day that he sold his soul.” That’s how Eric Blehm, author of the Christopher Award-winning biography “Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown,” described the day that Adam Brown first tried crack. Taking drugs was an uncharacteristic move for a young man whose childhood [Read More...]

“American Idol” winner Candice Glover and Other Women Who Derive Their Self-Worth from God

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Candice Glover was crowned the winner of “American Idol” season 12 last night – and much like her gospel-tinged performances throughout the year, her new single – “I Am Beautiful” – is a declaration of the sense of self-worth she derives from God. In a way, that message is particularly appropriate in the aftermath of [Read More...]

The Afterlife of “Lost” and Why the Show Still Matters

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Since the TV series “Lost” wrapped up its six year run in May 2010, I’m reposting a couple of articles I wrote immediately following the finale – and another, one year later. Some people are only watching the series now on DVD or via streaming, so be forewarned, these articles are full of spoilers: The [Read More...]

Mr. Rogers on Judgment, Need and Holy Ground

The Christopher Awards are just around the corner; next Thursday, to be exact. It’s made me think back to one of the best Christopher Award moments in the 17 years that I’ve worked here: Fred Rogers’ acceptance speech when “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” won the 2001 Special Christopher Award. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Mr. Rogers shared [Read More...]

A Christopher Prayer for Mother’s Day

Lord, Today we thank you for our mothers: The ones who gave us life, the ones who chose us through adoption, and the unofficial mothers who were a strong and compassionate presence in our lives when our biological mothers weren’t up to the task. We remember the selfless love with which they cared for us [Read More...]

The Legacy of Father Dollar Bill

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The following column was written by Jerry Costello: “You don’t have to solve all the world’s problems,” the priest told his parishioners. “But don’t ignore them, either. Do what you can to improve things, even a little bit. That’s what Jesus wants us to do.” That’s good, sound advice. And each time I hear something [Read More...]

Actress Bonnie Hunt’s Brother and a Catholic Priest Are Saving Lives in Uganda

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You likely know Bonnie Hunt from her years as a talk show host and from her roles in popular movies like “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Jerry Maguire,” “The Green Mile,” “Return to Me,” “Cars,” “Dave” (“We’re walking, we’re walking”) and more. Well it turns out that Bonnie has a brother who is quite accomplished too, [Read More...]

CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and PBS’ “Medal Quest: American Athletes and the Paralympic Games” To Receive Special Christopher Awards

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NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 — The Christophers will honor a television series and an online documentary with special Christopher Awards during their 64th annual ceremony on May 23rd. The CBS television series Blue Bloods will receive the 2013 Special Christopher Award – and the PBS/WGBH online documentary series Medal Quest: American Athletes and the [Read More...]

Country Legend George Jones Dies: How He Found God Toward the End of His Life

In 1985, country music legend George Jones released a song called “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” asking what new singers would replace the veterans once they passed away. Well today, Jones became one of those who passed on himself – and it’s probably safe to say that nobody will ever fill his shoes. The singer [Read More...]

The Immortal Sacrifice of Four Chaplains

The following column was written by Jerry Costello: It’s been 70 long years since the Four Chaplains made their immortal sacrifice in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, and it will be 70 more years–and then some–before their heroic act is even in danger of being forgotten. As a crowd of several hundred proved [Read More...]

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...]


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