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Roma Downey launches 'LightWorkers' to lift your heart

Michael Swartz

The news today is often filled with stories that bring you down, but a familiar "Angel" may just have the cure. Producer, actress, and Emmy-nominated star of the CBS series "Touched by an Angel," Roma Downey, visited Build Series to celebrate the launch of her latest project, LightWorkers.com. Filled with short form content that will "make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, and brighten your day," LightWorkers is a self-proclaimed "good news website" for anyone who's feeling "hungry for hope."

LightWorkers features nearly 500 pieces of original content, including videos, articles, recipes, and inspirational stories designed to lift you up, and that number is growing every day. "You can reframe your whole day," says Downey. "When you see something that reminds you that there are good people everywhere doing good things. That's really what we want to celebrate!"

The website also offers stories from celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Van Morrison, Jeff Probst, Brooke Burke, and Roma Downey herself. "When I first moved to America from Ireland, I didn't have two pennies to rub together, and I checked coats in a restaurant on the Upper West Side," shared Downey. "To be able to tell someone who's beginning their life a story like that [is special because] they can identify and relate!"

During her interview, Downey opened up about her special relationship with "Touched by an Angel" co-star Della Reese.

"She's still very much a vital part of my life. You know, she adopted me. My own mother had passed away when I was just a little girl of 10, and Della's only daughter tragically passed away while we were working together. She took me in her arms, and she said, 'You know, baby, God is amazing. I always knew he brought you into my life because you needed a mama, I just didn't realize that he brought you into my life because I was going to need a baby girl.' She's been my mom ever since, and I just love her to pieces."

Pressed whether Reese might appear in a future LightWorkers project, Downey remained coy, but the two still keep in touch. "I showed her a few of the videos. 'You keep shining your light,' she said. And so that's what I'm committed to do."

LightWorkers.com, and all its original content, is available now.