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Murder is murder. There is no moral difference between infanticide and abortion.
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Pope Benedict XIV solemnly approved and recommended the use of the medal to the faithful in 1742.
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“There are no unwanted children.”
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We are all required as moral agents to help those who can’t help themselves.
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“Superstition is a departure from the worship that we give to the true God. It is manifested in idolatry, as well as in various forms of divination and magic.” (CCC 2138)
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If abortion is not killing, what could it be?
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Several recent polls have shown a great preponderance of Americans are in favor of heavily restricting abortion, including those who label themselves “pro-choice.”
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Before we talk about life with the Culture of Death, let’s get a few things straight
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“If the baby isn’t a human, what species is it?”
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Offer a prayer for the repose of Tim Conway’s soul and ask St. Lawrence of Rome ― the patron saint of comedians ― to watch over him.
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Radical feminism builds nothing ― not even consensus
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Holy Saturday is also known as the Feast of Our Lady of Solitude, for it was on this day, Mary was separated from her Son and Savior
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11 ways to demonstrate that science is grand but God is grander still.
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“All ye holy Doctors, pray for us.”
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All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
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St. Patrick, pray for us!
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A review of Steven R. Hemler’s Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness
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“All practices of magic or sorcery ... are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion.” (CCC 2117)
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Nancy Pelosi tells a young woman who had been adopted that her mother should have had the choice to murder her
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Bingo arose in the U.S. during the Great Depression. By 1934, Americans were organizing 10,000 Bingo games a week.
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This is the new normal and that just means we have to fight all the harder.
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“Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity.” (CCC 2415)
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The world has its problems and God is the solution.
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Here are 13 ideas for small-scale evangelization.
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Algorithms reflect the human bias behind them.
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Rhetoric might temporarily win an argument, but it starts more trouble than it solves
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St. Pantaleon, (c. 275-305) whose name in Greek means “mercy for everyone,” was one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
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“Those who are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit.” —St. Lucy of Syracuse
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Only something infinite will suffice to satisfy our infinite emptiness.
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“Christians are made, not born.” —Tertullian
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Perhaps Nessie never existed. Or perhaps St. Columba managed to rid us of the monster permanently.
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“Redemption is a wondrous work ― God's masterpiece. By it, man disfigured by sin is remade.”
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“The Christian who unites his own death to that of Jesus views it as a step towards him and an entrance into everlasting life.” (CCC 1020)
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Christ is calling you to repent and reform your life. It's never too late — that is, until it’s too late.
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I recently stumbled on the biggest religious goods shop I’ve ever seen — in Saigon, Vietnam.
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A Review of Steven R. Hemler’s The Reality of God: The Layman’s Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator
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This amazing and little-known saint is a model for our broken world.
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Our demands aren’t without precedent.
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The lesser-known Franciscan Crown Rosary is a unique spiritual devotion
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There’s a big difference between judging others and turning a blind eye to their sins.
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In his biography of St. Francis, St. Bonaventure mentions the pope giving a sermon in which he attests to having seen the wounds with his own eyes.
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How to out-humble even the humblest of Christians
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A group of priests and lay Catholics are working to save the endangered Komodo dragon
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The Dogma of the Assumption of Mary Lives Loudly in Us!
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Happy Feast of St. Lawrence everyone! Remember — a cheerful heart is good medicine.
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“There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
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Fr. Georges Lemaître’s calculations were correct. So were his physics and his faith.
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For it is in giving that we receive…
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The feast day of Saint Simeon on July 1―a good reason to proclaim and enjoy ‘Fool for Christ Day.’
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Christ is the only Light of the World and the only light of our hearts
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The Buddhist craftsmen handled the crucifix as if it were a holy item in their own religion
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One can lose all sense of time in contemplating the Arma Christi
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We can treat waking up in the middle of the night as a call to remember that there’s nothing to fear.
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“All are called to holiness: ‘Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’” (CCC 2013)
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This is how a man of faith and action can heal and build up the Church.
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St. Angelo prophesied that St. Francis would receive the stigmata. St. Francis, on his part, praised Angelo for his impending martyrdom.
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None of this should shock anyone who knows the history of this organization.
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Franciscan University of Steubenville was founded in 1946 by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, for whom Marian devotion is paramount.
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“The proposal is an aggressive assault against our Catholic community.”
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The Anniversary of the Catholic Shimabara Rebellion
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When you’re a sheep among wolves, there’s no excuse for being lukewarm
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“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.”
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“Only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination. ... The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.”
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An atheist’s attempt at trying to explain anything ultimately explains nothing
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Loving a dog might prompt us into a greater appreciation and belief in the Lord and Master of All.
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Martyrs of Japan and, indeed, all Christians martyrs, pray for us.
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Candlemas is yet another good reason to eat crepes
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Don Bosco was deeply imbued with God's love and inspired by His mysteries
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Belief in the multiverse isn't merely science fiction — it's wishful science fantasy.
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Titus Oates died in July 1705 a murderer, a fraud, a slanderer, a pathological liar, an enemy of the Church and a failed demagogue.
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“Tempting God in words or deeds, sacrilege, and simony are sins of irreligion forbidden by the first commandment.” (CCC 2139)
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A visit to the bishop’s chapel at Mandalay’s Sacred Heart Cathedral
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“The criterion that assures unity amid the diversity of liturgical traditions is fidelity to apostolic Tradition.” (CCC 1209)
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“Perhaps Roman Catholicism is the best? Perhaps it makes one think of God oftener, and believe in Him more steadily.”
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Merry Christmas to one and all. And Happy St. Anastasia’s feast day!
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Open signs of Christianity and Christmas can be seen throughout Asia.
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This was a moment of touching God and feeling His grace in my life in a visceral way.
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Keep Burma, the Burmese and Pope Francis in your prayers.
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“The Burmese government has shown remarkable trust in the Catholic Church in recent years.”
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The majority of the relics are from martyrs, and a great number of those are Asian martyrs.
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“We wish this to truly be an open welcome to His Holiness. We are all blessed by his presence.”
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An interview with Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon (Rangoon) in Burma
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The Protestant Problem with Restoring the Original Church​
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Weinstein had no problem with hatred and bigotry―he simply didn’t want it directed toward him.
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“Every Catholic school is a dwelling place for God in the midst of His people.” —Fr. Peter Stravinskas
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It is a myth that Buddhists are the most peaceful people in the world.
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“Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.”
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The atheist's faith in a magical universe is a fragile thing.
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He will never lie to us. He will not deceive us. He will not change His mind.
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God’s Word, which pierced St. Teresa’s heart in the form of a spear, is available to you — especially if you engage in regular mental prayer.
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Beware the soothsayers and charlatans. Magic tricks are called “tricks” for a very good reason.
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“There was no real mention of the connection between religion and morality except in a snide, condescending manner.”
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Some people claim that the Christians stole December 25 from the pagan Roman festival of the sun, Sol Invictus. They're wrong.
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The Catholic Church will never change her irreversible dogma.
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Representatives of the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Christian political parties have produced a position paper which outlines their desire to establish self-governance.
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Sorry, Virginia, we're not in Purgatory. You've got a whole lot of living before you're lucky enough to land there.
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Our God is not the Purveyor of Celestial Favors like some non-existent pagan deity.
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It's impossible to reconcile reincarnation and Christ's Passion for the sake of our salvation.
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“The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.” (CCC 1471)
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“If anyone wishes to avoid God’s judgement, he should not make himself the judge of his brother or sister. Human beings, whenever they judge, look no farther than the surface, whereas the Father looks into the very depths of the soul.” —Pope Francis
Angelo Stagnaro

Angelo Stagnaro (“Erasmus”) performs as a stage magician and mentalist and divides his time between Europe and North America. He is the editor of “Smoke & Mirrors,” the Net’s largest e-zine for professional magicians. He’s also the Guildmaster of the Catholic Magicians’ Guild and a professed member of the Secular Franciscans (Third Order Franciscans)

Angelo has published articles in most of the major Catholic journals in the United States and Great Britain and had worked as a correspondent for the Catholic News Service having served as principle liaison for the wire service to the United Nations and to the Holy See’s Office to the United Nations.

Angelo has authored six books on mentalism/cold reading including Conspiracy, Something from Nothing, The Other Side, Shibboleth and his upcoming Spur of the Moment. This series has been translated into four languages and is considered seminal in the art of mentalism. He is also one of the world’s experts in cold reading. In addition, he’s written an instructional book for catechists which uses stage magic as a teaching tool for children and young adults entitled The Catechist’s Magic Kit. (Crossroad) His other books include How to Pray the Dominican Way (Paraclete) and The Christian Book of the Dead. (Crossroad) His most recent book was released through Tau Publishing and is entitled A Lenten Cookbook for Catholics.

All of his theology books have received imprimaturs and nihil obstat from Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio of Brooklyn.

Angelo has traveled extensively and has worked, studied, performed and/or traveled in 70 countries.