UPDATE: Michael Johns Brought Soul to “American Idol.” Now May His Soul Rest in Peace

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There’s no shortage of stories that make you realize how fragile life is. That fact was brought home to longtime “American Idol” fans this weekend with the announcement that season seven contestant, 35-year-old Michael Johns, had died from a blood clot in his ankle. There are few details at this point, but TMZ reports that [Read More...]

A Little Girl’s Brain Injury Set Her Dad on a Quest for Treatment and Healing

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When Sarah Jane Donohue came into the world on June 5, 2005, she was a happy, healthy newborn. Five days later, she had two broken collarbones, four broken ribs, and a traumatic brain injury that destroyed 60 percent of the rear cortex of her brain. Why? Because she was shaken violently by the baby nurse [Read More...]

Opening Hearts to the Holy Spirit: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Tori Harris

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For 25-year-old singer-songwriter Tori Harris, attending a Baptist University was the best thing that ever happened to her Catholic faith. Though she grew up attending Catholic school and seeing her parents as models of the faith, Harris acknowledged during a recent interview on “Christopher Closeup” that she embraced Catholicism more intentionally in college because of [Read More...]

How Two Sentences from Mark’s Gospel Spread Education, Hope and Purpose Around the World

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When Jim Ziolkowski got word that several inmates at the maximum security prison Sing Sing wanted to meet with him, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It seems they had all read his Christopher Award-winning book “Walk In Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?” about his creation of the nonprofit buildOn, and wanted [Read More...]


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