Carrie Underwood Celebrates the Power of Baptism on “American Idol” Finale

(Artwork/Photo property of Fox) On last night’s series finale of “American Idol” (yes, it pains me to write that), a lot of Idol alums returned to sing and pay tribute to the show that gave them a leg up in their music careers. There were some outstanding performances, including the country segment featuring Season 10 [Read More…]

As “American Idol” Says Farewell, A Look Back at the God Factor in Contestants’ Lives

(Photo property of Fox) If God were a regular TV watcher, I suspect “American Idol” would qualify as one of His favorite shows (or at least make it onto His DVR). That’s because since it debuted in 2002, “American Idol” has featured many contestants who come from a background of singing in church, either as [Read More…]

The 2016 Christopher Award Winners Are…

67TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNERS HIGHLIGHT FAMILY, FAITH, COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL ISSUES NEW YORK, March 30, 2016 — Country music icon Dolly Parton, silver screen legend Sylvester Stallone, and popular comedian Jim Gaffigan are just a few of the creative forces behind the 21 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people [Read More…]

Young Mother Delays Chemo to Protect Unborn Child That Saved Her Life

Via CBS News: TONAWANDA, N.Y. – For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive brain cancer, it comes down to this: “The baby saved me. Now it’s my turn to save him.” Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma after going to the hospital for headaches and nausea that came on over Christmas. Were it not for [Read More…]

Pope Francis on Being a Christopher

Pope Francis posted this message on Twitter today. I have no idea if it has anything to do with us, but we at The Christophers applaud the statement. RELATED: About The Christophers Stay in touch! Like The Christophers on Facebook: The Christophers [Read more…]

Joe Garagiola Credited the Holy Family with Protecting His Family

One of the people I had the opportunity to meet during my days producing the TV version of our “Christopher Closeup” show (circa 2006) was baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola, who passed away today at age 90. What I observed was that Garagiola was a down-to-earth, gregarious, friendly man who was happy to chat with [Read More…]

A Young Man’s Vision of Heaven Inspires ‘Thrive in Joy’ Mission

Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – the event that makes our redemption possible and allows us to rejoice in the fact that we will be able to reunite with our family and friends some day in heaven. That’s a powerful and comforting thought for anyone who’s lost a loved one—and who among us [Read More…]

The Four Things I Liked Best About “The Passion: Live”

Last night, Fox aired “The Passion: Live,” a re-enactment of the story of Jesus’s final days, death and resurrection told in modern-day New Orleans with pop stars and songs that reflect what was going on in the minds and hearts of the participants at the time. No doubt, this approach will not appeal to all, [Read More…]

Could a Catholic School Graduate Win the Farewell Season of “American Idol”?

(Photo property of Fox/ On last night’s “American Idol,” viewers got to see videos featuring the contestants’ supporters from their hometowns. Top five finalist MacKenzie Bourg, age 23, was shown to be a graduate of St. Cecilia Catholic School in Broussard, Louisiana – and and St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. It [Read More…]

“The Passion” Musical to Share Jesus’s Story in a Modern Way

Network television has found success in recent years by airing live musicals such as “The Sound of Music” and “Grease.” And at the box office, faith-based films like “Heaven Is For Real” and “War Room” have won over large audiences looking for affirmation of their religious beliefs. This Sunday – Palm Sunday – the genres [Read More…]

Real-life Figure Misrepresented in “Spotlight” Movie Reaches Settlement with Studio

The movie “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, has received rave reviews in general and a Best Picture win at the Academy Awards. But one of the people not happy with his depiction in the film was Jack Dunn, who is on the Board of Trustees [Read More…]

Jennifer Garner on Faith, Doubt, and “Miracles From Heaven”

(Photo property of Sony Pictures) The movie “Miracles From Heaven” starring Jennifer Garner opens today. As the official synopsis states, “it’s based on the incredible true story of the Beam Family. When Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her [Read More…]