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

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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...]

“Dark of Night” Explores Dark Topics on Hallmark Channel’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

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Nobody can accuse executive producer Martha Williamson of shying away from tough topics in her new Hallmark Channel series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” That was especially true for last night’s episode, entitled “Dark of Night,” which included story elements about a child conceived during a rape, the quest for revenge, and the possibility of redemption for [Read More...]

Kittens, “Cosmos,” Culture Wars, and the Coexistence of Science & Faith

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When the new version of the TV series “Cosmos” premiered a few months ago, it raised quite a kerfuffle on this blog and numerous others because of the shallow view the debut episode took of religion. Specifically, it suggested that religion was an enemy of science. In a new essay in “America” magazine, the Christopher [Read More...]

Restoring Order with Stories: Damon Lindelof, Walt Disney, & Faith/Parental Issues on “Lost”

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Sunday’s New York Times featured a fascinating profile of Damon Lindelof, who served as co-showrunner (along with Carlton Cuse) of the TV series “Lost.” Two of the primary tensions throughout the show’s six seasons were the struggle of the main character, Jack Shephard, to believe in a power greater than himself – and also to [Read More...]

Down Syndrome, Racial Harmony, & Hearing Impairment Themes in High School Poster Contest Winners

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Today we’re highlighting the top three winners in The Christophers’ 24th Annual Poster Contest for High School Students. Each year, students – grades 9 through 12 – are invited to create a poster that visually interprets the theme, “You Can Make a Difference.” This year’s contest drew over 1,000 entries from high schools across the [Read More...]

No Act of Service Was Beneath Him: Father Emil Kapaun’s Biographer on the Chaplain’s Legacy

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“Every day was the day you were going to die. It was pretty much a place of hell and despair with no hope.” That’s how the former Allied soldiers, interviewed by Wichita Eagle reporters Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying for their Christopher Award-winning book “The Miracle of Father Kapaun,” described their lives in prisoner of [Read More...]

Nun and Priests Kidnapped by Terror Group Set Free

Via NBC News and Reuters: YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in northern Cameroon nearly two months ago by suspected Boko Haram gunmen were released on Sunday, smiling and apparently in good health as they arrived in the capital. Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri, missionaries from the diocese of Vicenza [Read More...]

Murder and Human Dignity in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

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Action movies often hinge on whether the good guys can defeat the bad guys in a giant battle royale. But “X-Men: Days of Future Past” presents a different question in its story: namely, can an act of nonviolence – specifically, preventing the murder of someone who arguably deserves to die – result in the desired [Read More...]

Heaven, Iowa, and the Love of Fathers in “Field of Dreams”

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I didn’t realize that the movie “Field of Dreams” was now 25 years old until I read Kerry Weber’s exceptional essay about it on America magazine’s website. Her thoughtful and personal reflections examine the film’s inherent transcendence and spirituality in light of the love that her parents have always showed – and continue to show [Read More...]

Why “The Middle,” “Once Upon a Time,” & “Person of Interest” Deserve Emmy Noms

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While I have a say in what projects win Christopher Awards every year, I have no say in what TV shows or stars get nominated for Emmys. A lot of my favorites are often overlooked to recognize edgier shows that push the envelope. While the voting process is ongoing, I figured I’d throw a few [Read More...]

The 2014 Christopher Awards: A Night of Celebrating Quality in Media and the Arts

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Joined by a capacity crowd, the 2014 Christopher Awards were another rousing success, thanks to several factors: the quality of the work created by our winners, their presence at the ceremony, and the outstanding presenters who left the crowd feeling inspired – Master of Ceremonies Ernie Anastos from Fox5 New York, NBC News’s Senior White [Read More...]


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