'Passion of the Christ' receives award


Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and the CBS television show "Joan of Arcadia" were honored at a mass and awards ceremony at the annual luncheon of Catholics in Media.

More than 500 people attended the luncheon, which was held yesterday. The awards luncheon began 12 years ago to recognize "work being done within the industry to celebrate the human spirit," said Catholics in Media president Barbara Gangie.

Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Gibson’s film, presented this year's film award to Gibson and producer Steve McEveety.

Actor Joe Mantegna, who plays Will Girardi on "Joan of Arcadia," presented the television award to the show's creator and producer, Barbara Hall.

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