Moving Beyond Loneliness and the Hookup Culture to Find Real Love

Since we’re in the season of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to cover the topic of love on our “Christopher Closeup” radio show and podcast: how to find it, what to do once you have found it, and what role God can and should play in your relationship. Joining me to share her insights was Monica [Read More…]

Founder of Georgia’s First Group of African American Nuns to Receive Special Honor

Mother Mathilda Beasley, a pioneering African American nun from Savannah, Georgia, is getting some extra recognition in her adopted home state. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be adding her portrait to the wall of Arnold Hall, along with nine other prominent women who made a difference in the state. Born into [Read More…]

Eucharistic Adoration and the Witness of a June Bug

Sometimes, supporters of The Christophers share with us their personal stories of important incidents or spiritual epiphanies in their lives. We recently received just such a letter from a woman named Martha in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. She revealed a lesson she learned during a religious retreat from a completely unexpected source: a june bug. Here is [Read More…]

UPDATE: Pope Francis to Appear in Family-Themed Feature Film “Beyond the Sun”

UPDATE 2: Now the Vatican is saying Pope Francis won’t be acting in the movie after all. The original press release said he would “play himself,” but those may have been poorly chosen words when “appear as himself” would be more appropriate. Technically, there’s a difference. “Play” makes it sound like acting, while “appear” could [Read More…]

Escaping Iran, Fighting Lupus, and Relying on the Power of God’s Grace

Mahtob Mahmoody was dying. The auto-immune disease lupus was making her own blood largely incompatible with her body. Doctors worked feverishly to find a solution, and finally figured out that she needed a transfusion of a special type of blood. Their local search in Michigan turned up nothing. After checking nationally, only two units of [Read More…]

Nuns Go Sledding After the Blizzard

New York City photographer Michael Friedman posted some pictures of nuns going sledding in Central Park yesterday in the aftermath of the blizzard. ABC’s “Good Morning America” picked some of the pictures up, which is how I saw them. I’m posting one pic here and linking to the rest if you need a smile while [Read More…]

Helping the Lost & Lonely Find Their Way: A Review of “Creed”

The 1976 film “Rocky” won both a Christopher Award and a Best Picture Academy Award because it movingly presented the story of an underdog boxer who, through grit and determination, strives to be a champion. The new movie “Creed” is a follow-up to the original that once again offers Oscar-worthy performances and a dynamic story [Read More…]

Patricia Heaton and Stephen Colbert Compete to See Who’s the Better Catholic

Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton and comedian/talk show host Stephen Colbert are two of the entertainment industry’s most prominent Catholics. So when they met on Colbert’s talk show, naturally they had to try to “out Catholic” each other. Whose family includes more kids? Who has a sister who is a Dominican nun? How many places [Read More…]

When This Monsignor Asked for a Kidney, One of His Parishioners Offered Hers

From WCBS New York: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn monsignor’s desperate plea for a kidney transplant got the gift of life from parishioner attending his service. “I prayed like crazy, and sometimes I felt God was just not listening,” said Monsignor Theophilus Anthony Joseph of St. Ephrem Church in Dyker Heights. Joseph had suffered [Read More…]

PJ Anderson Discusses Bringing Song & Message “Love Will Heal” to March For Life

For several years now, singer-songwriter PJ Anderson has been attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., which commemorates the date the Supreme Court legalized abortion. Going back to the days he worked as a youth minister in Chicago, he would gather with thousands of young people at the annual Youth Rally and Mass For [Read More…]

Catholic Comedian Mark Russell Comes Out of Retirement at Age 83

The following column was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: Encouraging news of any sort is hard to come by in Washington these days, thanks mainly to the gridlock that keeps Congress in its grip. That’s why it’s a pleasure to report a bit of good news, even if it’s not of the earth-shaking variety. [Read More…]

Powerball and the Road to Sainthood

With Powerball fever sweeping the nation and people standing in line for hours to buy a ticket, the jackpot just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The likelihood of winning, though, is another story. Over the weekend, CBS News reported that you have a higher chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the Powerball. Then, [Read More…]


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