Angelo Stagnaro

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The Making of a San Damiano Cross

Knowing I would soon return to Burma to volunteer once again as a lay missionary, I wanted to donate something substantial to the parish at which I would be assigned. The parish had recently undergone an upheaval after a priest absconded with...

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Arma Christi: A True Devotional Cross

One part of the Church’s genius is its extraordinary ability and eagerness to teach the truths of our Faith. We see this most strikingly in the magnificent art that adorns our churches and other sacred spots. The iconoclasm of earlier centuries...

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Ever Wake Up in the Middle of the Night for No Good Reason?

Do you ever wake up at 3 a.m. for unknown reasons? Plenty of people do. Sometimes one wakes with a start and is filled with apprehension or an inexplicable heightened state of awareness. It’s a common enough occurrence that becomes even more...

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10 Points on the Pursuit of Holiness

“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises should be directed to this end....

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Diary of a Priest Overcome Who, in Turn, Overcame

There the priest stood before the Mandalay’s bishop’s desk. The ordinary sat looking up at the man before him, who hadn’t as yet celebrated his first-year anniversary of ordination. The 30-year-old Fr. Firmin Aung Kyaw Zawl was to be assigned to...

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St. Angelo of Jerusalem ― a Saint You Should Know About

Convert. Carmelite. Priest. Hermit. Mystic. Reformer. Thaumaturge. Missionary. Firebrand. Martyr.  What else does a man need to do to become a saint? Like a husband who constantly pulls out all the stops in giving his wife presents, St. Angelo,...

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American Atheists Gone Wild

When I heard recently about the latest violent and scandalous imbroglio involving the American Atheists, I wasn't a bit surprised.  Apparently, multiple women have made accusations against David Silverman, President of “American Atheists, Inc.”...

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Steubenville Funds New John Paul II Chair of Mariology

Franciscan University of Steubenville has awarded its newly-minted St. John Paul II Chair of Mariology to Dr. Mark Miravalle in recognition of his expertise in Mariology―the academic study and spiritual devotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Dr....

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Swedish Government Threatens to Close Catholic Schools

Stockholm — Christianity came to Sweden in the person of St. Ansgar (AD 801–865) when he visited Birka in AD 828–829 where he was given permission to build a church. However, the rising alarm and ire against Muslim immigrants has threatened to...

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An Untrumpeted Catholic Hero of Japan

君子周而不比、小人比而不周。(“The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean man is partisan and not catholic.”) ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV “Ima rojo shiteiru mono wa, raise made tomo to naru.” (“Now, those who accompany me in being besieged in...