TV That’s Changing Lives: A Look at “Bulloch Family Ranch: Season Two”

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If Julie and Rusty Bulloch were innkeepers in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, they would have found an indoor room for Mary and Joseph, and maybe even redecorated it to make it more homey. That life-affirming spirit is evident in season two of their UP TV reality show “Bulloch Family Ranch,” in which they invite an [Read More...]

Finding God, Laughs & Poignancy at the 2014 Oscars

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The 2014 Oscars were my favorite in quite a few years despite running a half-hour long. Ellen DeGeneres proved a funny and classy host, the acceptance speeches were, by and large, interesting as opposed to just a list of names, and God even received a couple of shout outs. It all began with DeGeneres who, [Read More...]

Giving the Shirt Off Your Back to a Woman Giving Birth

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The big feel-good story making the rounds here in New York City this week is that of Polly McCourt, who went into labor on the corner of a busy Manhattan street right outside her 68th Street and 3rd Avenue apartment building. Her doorman Anton and other strangers rushed to help her as she gave birth [Read More...]

The Road to Mercy Leads to a Life of Adventure for Author Kerry Weber

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Kerry Weber insists that the Jesuit-run “America” magazine office, where she serves as managing editor, does not have a batphone connected directly to Pope Francis’ office at the Vatican, and that the mercy-focused pontiff is not actually doing P.R. for her new book, “Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to [Read More...]

Harry Connick Jr. Kicks Into ‘Dad Mode’ Again After Contestant’s Sexually Suggestive Song

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Since I’ve been watching the Olympics for the past two weeks, my “American Idol” viewing fell a little behind before catching up on the DVR this weekend. One of the most interesting moments of Tuesday’s performances by the girls was seeing Harry Connick Jr. kick into ‘Dad mode’ again. As my fellow Patheos blogger, Catholic [Read More...]

Bronze is as Good as Gold for Olympic Ice Skater Carolina Kostner

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When an ice skater falls down three times during an Olympic performance with the world watching, it can feel almost impossible to move forward with any vision for a brighter future in the sport. That was certainly the case for Italy’s Carolina Kostner after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In addition, she had skated poorly four [Read More...]

A New Musical About Bernadette of Lourdes

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Frequent “Christopher Closeup” guest, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Hart, has co-written a new musical theater production called “Bernadette of Lourdes” that will debut at the Pope John Paul II High School Library in Hendersonville, Tennessee, on Thursday March 6, 2014, with a cast of both high school students and adults. It’s an introduction to a production [Read More...]

Dr. Kevin Hunt and Nicole Schreiner Bring Medicine & Compassion to Uganda’s Poor

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Several pregnant women about to give birth lay on a cold cement floor, shivering due to fever and malaria. That sight prompted Chicago doctor Kevin Hunt to add an unexpected new direction to his life. As I wrote about in a blog post last year, Dr. Hunt traveled to Northern Uganda in 2007 at the [Read More...]

Her Family’s Love Makes Noelle Pikus-Pace’s Pursuit of Olympic Medal Sweeter Than Ever

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The focus during the Olympics is always on the medal winners, and that’s understandable. It is, after all, a competition. But when I watch the games, I’m also interested in the character of the athletes and how much heart they put into their performances. Consider Noelle Pikus-Pace, who is competing in the women’s skeleton competition [Read More...]

Gary Sinise and Friends Celebrate Wounded Warriors

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Actor Gary Sinise has had a longtime dedication to helping members of the U.S. military, from visiting wounded warriors in Walter Reed Army Medical Center – to sending school supplies to troops in Iraq so they could hand them out to children – to performing concerts with his Lt. Dan Band (named after his character [Read More...]

Moving Outside of Ourselves by Serving the Poor

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The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Serving the Poor.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Whether they are showcasing food, drink or fashion, many advertisements today send a similar message: More! Drink more beer, eat more chips, or wear better clothes and you [Read More...]

James Cagney in “A Link in the Chain”

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If you’re a fan of classic movies, you likely know Academy Award-winning actor James Cagney from his roles in films like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Angels with Dirty Faces,” “Mister Roberts,” and many, many more. What you may not know is that Cagney starred in a half-hour Christopher film during the 1950′s called “A Link in [Read More...]


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