Angelo Stagnaro

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The Japanese Martyrs for Christ

The Western Church has certainly had its hands full over the past 2,000 years what with being thrown to the lions, and beating back Muslim military invasions on multiple occasions. Of course, we had to contend with the horrors of atheistic...

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Candlemas Was Made for You and Me

I like Filipinos. They start decorating for Christmas in September, and how can you not like a people who embody the Christmas spirit for almost half of the year? Personally, I get the decorating bug a few days before Halloween. I start eyeing...

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The Magic and Spirituality of St. John Bosco

Da mihi animas caetera tolle (Give me souls, disregard the rest.) — St. Don Bosco There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are different...

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A Universe Made Just for Us

Physicists inclined to believe in God refer to the cosmos as an “anthropic universe” — a universe made specifically, perfectly, for humanity. This idea was first promulgated in 1973 by Brandon Carter, a physicist at Cambridge University, who...

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The Nefarious Popish Plot of Titus Oates

This is the remarkable and harrowing story of one of the worst people in the world. Admittedly, there’s a long list of people who’ve chosen the Void rather than the Light, but Titus Oates stands out among the worst of them. He was an...

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The Proper Use and Care of Saintly Relics

It’s said that when St. Helena searched for Christ’s True Cross, she also discovered several dozens of other crosses. The Romans would often discard used crosses near Calvary, so Helena had her hands full. Undeterred, St. Helena took pieces of...

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The Bishop’s Private Chapel

There I was enjoying a magnificent spicy Burmese meal at the rectory of Mandalay’s Sacred Heart Cathedral when, all of a sudden, the priests at the other table asked if I wanted to see the chapels. They specifically said chapels―in the...

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The Joys of Not Understanding the Mass

Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only that is foreign.” The epigraph comes to mind every time I go abroad. I’ve traveled, performed, worked and/or studied in 73 countries. As a stage magician, I’m...

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When Charles Dickens Met the Blessed Virgin Mary

I’ve never been one for Dickens. There! I’ve admitted it! I feel more relieved than ashamed. Actually, I’m bewildered why anyone likes his writing. And now that I’ve outed myself as a philistine, I will however admit I enjoyed his A Christmas...

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St. Anastasia: The Other Christmas Miracle

Every day of the Christian liturgical calendar is dedicated either to a saint or to an event or aspect of Christ or His ministry. Christmas Day is obviously dedicated to His Incarnation. However, unbeknownst to many people, the second Mass of...