Growing in Understanding of God’s Will: Father Jonathan Morris on #Synod14

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Christopher contributor Father Jonathan Morris spent last week in Rome while the Extraordinary Synod for the Family took place. Now that it’s over, he took some time to answer a few questions via an email interview: TR: In brief layman’s terms, what is the purpose of having a synod on the family? Father Jonathan: The [Read More...]

How “New York Catholics” Built a Better Church and Society

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What do Regis Philbin, Dorothy Day, Deacon Greg Kandra, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and I have in common? We’re among the 76 people profiled in author, historian and fellow Patheos blogger Pat McNamara’s book “New York Catholics: Faith, Attitude, and the Works.” I’m not in that illustrious company because of anything I’ve done, but rather because [Read More...]

Overcoming Loneliness with the Help of God and Others

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Overcoming Loneliness” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Loneliness is a problem we all face. It is a feeling that can occur even when we are surrounded by other people. Nothing [Read More...]

A Cancer Survivor Brings Attention to God’s Divine Interventions

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It was 2002 when 27-year-old Daniel Fazzina was diagnosed with a “lymphatic cancerous tumor” in his chest. Located right above his heart – and actually larger than his heart – it was crushing his pulmonary artery, suffocating him. Doctors said the tumor was inoperable in its current condition, so they would try to treat it [Read More...]

Texas Nurse with Ebola Described as “Grounded by Her Catholic Faith”

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Biographical details about Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for patient Thomas Eric Duncan, are slowly emerging. Today’s New York Times reveals some of her religious background. Since local officials announced Ms. Pham’s positive test early on Sunday, the news has resonated through circles of friends who worked with Ms. Pham [Read More...]

From the Secular to the Sacred, Christopher Literature is Powerful in Its Simplicity

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I usually use this space to share with you the stories of people who I’ve interviewed on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show, to comment on different aspects of popular culture, to post Christopher News Notes, or to highlight inspiring stories that are making the rounds online or in the news. Today I’m changing my approach [Read More...]

Praying for a Stranger at the Airport

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Country music singer Sunny Sweeney took the above photo and posted it on Facebook along with this message: “I watched this whole thing go down in an airport and felt like sharing it with you. This young military man, Michael (full name was on his backpack) was standing here about to board a plane and [Read More...]

How “Arrow’s” Oliver Queen Embraced the Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill”

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It was his time on Purgatory that turned billionaire playboy Oliver Queen into a killer. It was a reality check from his family and friends that helped him rediscover an inherent dignity to life. For those unfamiliar with the name, Oliver Queen is the longtime DC Comics hero known as Green Arrow, an archery master [Read More...]

Finding Strength in Sticking Together: A Review of “The Good Lie”

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“How long shall it be till the end of these troubles?” That’s a quote from the Book of Daniel that’s spoken by a refugee from the Sudanese Civil War in the new movie “The Good Lie” – and it accurately reflects the violence and hardship endured by boys and girls there throughout those horrific times. [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris Says Don’t Let Family Drama Divide You

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Father Jonathan Morris comes from a family of seven kids, so he knows about “family drama.” But he acknowledges that even small families have their challenges because of “the nature of humanity.” So how should you deal with those inevitable arguments and disagreements in light of your Christian faith and the fact that God gave [Read More...]

New Reality TV Show Follows Five Young Women as They Consider Becoming Nuns

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Here’s a press release about an upcoming reality show on Lifetime TV about five young women who are considering becoming nuns. Los Angeles, CA (September 30, 2014) – The all-new groundbreaking Lifetime® series The Sisterhood (#Sisterhood) follows five young women who are considering the life-changing decision of taking religious vows to become Catholic nuns. For [Read More...]

What Happens When You Don’t “Like” Jesus Posts on Facebook

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ComicEarth.com creator Brian Montfort is a cartoonist in Texas who recently started having his work published in the “North Texas Catholic” newspaper. He has a knack for finding gentle humor in Catholic culture and faith traditions. Th strip below, for instance, was inspired by the amount of posts he saw on Facebook saying that if [Read More...]


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