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Kids with Special Needs Want to Be of Service and Take Part in the Life of the Church


“Parents of children with special needs need to realize that even though they didn’t expect to have a child with special needs, that was the child God gave them, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” David and Mercedes McBride Rizzo came by that truth first hand when their daughter Danielle was diagnosed with autism at age [Read More...]

A Mohawk-Themed Mass in Honor of St. Kateri


(Photo property of One of our freelance writers, Garan Santicola, recently wrote an article about Native American Catholics for the website Narratively, which describes itself this way: “Narratively is a platform devoted to untold human stories. We avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, and focus instead on slow storytelling, exploring one [Read More...]

“The Flash” Brings Old-Fashioned Heroism to the Modern TV Landscape


Tom Hanks has long been acknowledged as a modern-day Jimmy Stewart in the film world. An argument could be made that Grant Gustin is filling that role in the TV landscape with his role as Barry Allen in “The Flash,” the CW series whose hero brings a touch of old-fashioned heroism to the modern world. [Read More...]

The 2015 Christopher Award Winners in Film, TV, and Books Are…

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NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 — An Olympic gold medalist, the actor best known as “the Fonz,” and a nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician are among the creative forces behind the 20 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people being honored at the 66th annual Christopher Awards, to be presented in [Read More...]

Why One Man Traveled Around the World with No Money and Relied on the Kindness of Strangers


TV host and author Leon Logothetis was walking down Hollywood Boulevard one day when he saw a homeless man holding a sign that read, “Kindness is the best medicine.” It dredged up a lot of memories for Leon, who had originally moved to the United States from England where he worked as a successful broker [Read More...]

As Baseball Season Begins, Remember God is a Mets (and Probably a Cubs) Fan


(Photo property of NY Mets) It’s a joke I heard years ago (though from who I can’t remember), and I return to it every baseball season. How do you know God prefers the Mets to the Yankees? Because when the Yankees are in the ninth inning of a tight game, fans in the stadium are [Read More...]

I Want to Help Kids See They Have a Hero Inside: An Interview with Joan Bauer


A car accident seemed to end Joan Bauer’s career before it even began. After spending several years studying to be a screenwriter, Joan signed with a big talent agency in New York City, ready to take on a new phase of her life. Two days later, she endured a debilitating car accident that left her [Read More...]

Blue Hair Ain’t Just for Old Ladies Anymore (& Other “American Idol” Musings)


(All photos property of Fox and American Idol) One of the noveltys on “American Idol” this season is that two of the female contestants have blue hair. Thankfully, that’s not the only reason they stand out. They’ve also got talent to match. First, there’s Joey Cook, whose voice and musical artistry paradoxically reflect singers from [Read More...]

“Last Man Standing” and “Cristela” Bring a Little Religion to Prime Time


(All photos property of ABC/Disney) ABC is home to several family-oriented sitcoms, and sometimes they integrate a little Christianity into their stories. The Heck family on “The Middle” are churchgoers (albeit dysfunctional ones) who sometimes interact with members of the clergy, like the singing youth minister Rev. Tim Tom. In recent weeks, ABC’s Friday night [Read More...]

God is Looking for People Willing to Admit Their Own Frailty: An Interview with Matt Maher

Matt Maher on location in Nashville TN

Over the past few years, five-time Grammy nominee Matt Maher underwent some changes in his life that made him reflect on his own future as well as the future of the Church he loves. Looking at the social issues prevalent in modern culture, he noted that “politics has poisoned, in some ways, people’s day-to-day life, [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris with 3 Steps to Build Your Relationship with God


Many Christians identify themselves by whatever denomination they belong to, but one of the key factors in any person’s faith journey is their willingness to build a relationship with God. In this week’s video, Father Jonathan Morris admits our Protestant brothers and sisters often have a better handle on this aspect of faith than Catholics [Read More...]

“Person of Interest’s” Fusco and Reese Catching Perps on the Corner


When I got to work this morning, I saw an ambulance, cop cars, and several police officers standing on the corner. No, there was no emergency. It was a shoot for the CBS series “Person of Interest.” I stood there for a while to see if I could get some pictures of anyone on my [Read More...]