Angelo Stagnaro

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Vietnamese Passion Plays Are Powerful, Because Vietnam Has Suffered With Christ

Everyone will hate you because of Me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. —(Mk 13:13) Vietnam isn't the first country one would necessarily associate with a vibrant Catholic community. But despite this underestimation, it's a...

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St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster

“The big blank spaces in the map are all being filled in, and there’s no room for romance anywhere.” —Arthur Conan Doyle On August 22, AD 565, 1,451 years ago, St. Columba had a story for the ages. For upon this fateful day, he made short shrift...

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How the Hail Mary Pass Got That Name

Did you ever, while standing in the middle of a crowd at some public event, hold your camera high above everyone's head and hope that you'd capture an image of more than just your thumb? That's called a “Hail Mary Shot.” I can personally attest...

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A Treasury of Intricate Wonders Comes to the U.S.

New Yorkers in general, and the Catholic ones in particular, are exceedingly fortunate to have at our ready access the many religious treasures of the Cloisters―the Metropolitan Museum's Medieval Collection. It's the best Catholic museum this...

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An Interview with Catholic Sci-Fi Author John C. Wright

I initially came to know John C. Wright in the same way most people come to know him―through his science fiction and fantasy novels. I knew I wanted to read more of him and possibly meet him when I found he had converted to Catholicism after...

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New Yorkers Walk for the Unborn

On Saturday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation and the International Day of the Unborn Child, New York City hosted a crowd of walkers witnessing to the sanctity of life. A Marian blue sky shined above the men, women and children...

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Vincible Ignorance and Invincible Ignorance

Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don't know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) As the prophet Jonah came to realize, there are many persons who “don't know their right hand from their left.” (Jonah 4:11) I recall a bizarre situation...

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God Gave Bock to Man to Help Man Give Back to God

Caffeine, in the guise of chocolate, is my drug of choice. Chocolate and I have a complicated relationship. I gave up chocolate for Lent once. Once. My parish council asked me to never do that again. Sensibilities can be mended, but thrown...

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Playing God on the Silver Screen

Every Christian mom and dad prays for the day that their daughter gets to play Mary or their son plays Joseph in the school's Nativity play. Playing a shepherd or a Wise Man simply doesn't carry the same cachet or parental bragging rights. But,...

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Here's a Sturdy Rosary for Catholic Men

I've always admired sturdy rosaries.  Like every Catholic, I need one that doesn't tangle while being transported in my pocket. I'd like one with a little heft to it to make me consciously slow down as I pray with them. Though some may enjoy...