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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 Church in Burma knows that it walks in the footsteps of that Jesus of Nazareth who was poor and humble, who preferred the company of the simple and needy, and who taught his followers that ‘whoever humbles himself ... is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’” —Pope St. John Paul II
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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
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The anti-Spanish Black Legend was one of the most successful propaganda campaigns in world history.
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The chief weapons of the Black Legend are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical hostility to the pope.
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Atheism has been responsible for more deaths proportionally than religion.
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“Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them...” (CCC 1868)
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This isn't your father's King Arthur.
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Suddenly, it's a braver, newer world.
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Did St. Brendan encounter Jasconius the Living Island? The important thing to remember is that God can't be limited in His creativity.
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Holy Trinity Church is a marvel that surprises Chinese and Western, Christian and non-Christian alike.
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There are many crazy ideas out there, but the idea that all non-religious people are automatically atheists is patently foolish.
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Bruno didn't get along even with people who agreed with him.
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“By her complete adherence to the Father's will, to his Son's redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church's model of faith and charity.” (CCC 967)
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The Catholics of Vietnam experience the deprivations and indignities that point to Christ's Passion.
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Perhaps Nessie never existed. Or perhaps St. Columba managed to rid us of the monster permanently.
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The Hail Mary pass originated in 1922, when two former members of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen coined the term.
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These tiny pieces of art are mesmerizingly intricate, even by modern technological standards.
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“If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics.”
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The sizable crowd of walkers included 100 Blue Knights, a pro-life motorcycle group and a dozen pro-life floats.
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“The Word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.” (CCC 1802)
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More than 700 years ago, a group of monks came up with a new way to fulfill their Lenten fasts: Bock beer.
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Too often, films depicting the Creator posit a very secular and ignorant view of God.
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When it rests in my hands, I feel the full weight of the devotion upon my very soul.
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In 1965, Sr. Mary Kenneth Keller, BVM, became the first American woman to earn a doctorate in Computer Science.
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“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently.” (CCC 2447)
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“The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” (CCC 2447)
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Whether or not you liked Martin Scorsese's ‘Silence’, you're going to love this story.
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For one thing, St. Cornelius was Italian. To all non-Italians reading this article, you're welcome.
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In January, 2002, hundreds of European and American magicians presented a petition to Pope St. John Paul II asking him to declare St. John Bosco their patron saint.
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Fr. Roberto Busa will not soon be forgotten.
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“Death is the end of man's earthly pilgrimage, of the time of grace and mercy which God offers him so as to work out his earthly life in keeping with the divine plan, and to decide his ultimate destiny. When ‘the single course of our earthly life’ is completed, we shall not return to other earthly lives: ‘It is appointed for men to die once.’ There is no ‘reincarnation’ after death.” (CCC 1013)
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The Union Jack is completely Catholic from its hoist to its fly, because it’s a reverent tribute to three patron saints of the British Isles.
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Such is the nature of evil―it finds its fullest flower amongst those who don’t believe it exists.
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Detective McDonald made many public appearances over the years, speaking of his faith as a Catholic and reminding people that if they wanted forgiveness, they had to show it to others. He constantly thanked God for sparing his life.
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“These children are the ones you killed with your abortions,” said St. Thomas, and Stojan awoke in shock and fear. He decided he would refuse to participate in any more abortions.
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The Unsinkable Margaret Brown was a woman who put others first.
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When people say the Church is anti-science, show them this list.
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Innocence attracts both good and evil.
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The so-called "new atheism" is not simply not believing in God.
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If Christianity goes, there'll be no reason to celebrate Christ's Nativity. And without a joyous reason for the Season of Giving, the secularists don’t have a financial leg to stand on.
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The stories about Bl. Bartolo Longo, who was beatified in 1980 by Pope St. John Paul II, are truly legendary.
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The following is list of 17 New Yorkers, or those whose ministries were principally in New York, in various stages of the canonization process.
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If nothing existed prior to the Big Bang, what (or Who) caused it?
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“Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory.” (CCC 2416)
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“By despair, man ceases to hope for his personal salvation from God, for help in attaining it or for the forgiveness of his sins. Despair is contrary to God's goodness, to his justice — for the Lord is faithful to his promises — and to his mercy.” (CCC 2091)
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Here is a list of Catholic priests, brothers, bishops, abbots, cardinals, popes (and, in at least four cases, saints) who have made major contributions to science.
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The Church has the Blue Mass for law enforcement professionals, the Red Mass for those involved in the legal profession — and now the Gold Mass, for Catholic scientists.
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Why do we love the Blessed Virgin Mary? Because we loved her Son first. Thus, Mary has become the Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted and the Help of Christians everywhere.
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Even if we were to ignore the obvious crimes against humanity that atheistic communists have committed, atheism would be condemned simply by examining the devastation of the French Revolution.
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How could all the media be so desperately, inconceivably, simultaneously wrong?
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“Catholics refer to the Protestant Reformation as the ‘Great Tragedy.’ There's a reason why we call it thus. Christ's body mustn't be torn asunder.”
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Let's resolve to take back Halloween and celebrate it as it was originally intended―a spiritual preparation for All Saints Day (and All Souls Day).
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As a Catholic priest and scientist, Copernicus knew that the universe revolves around the Son, and that the earth revolves around the sun.
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The Rosary is at heart a Christ-centered prayer.
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A Marian processions through the heart of a secular city like New York sends an important message to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
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St. Teresa's descriptions of contemplative prayer and its effect upon the soul are unparalleled. She writes with joyous abandon and humorous, self-deprecating humility, and her writings are accessible to all.
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To casually brush off infinity belies an ignorance of reality and critical thinking on the part of fundamentalist atheists.
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October 3 is the vigil of St. Francis of Assisi's death and bears a special name — the Transitus.
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Since we can't see angels, some people choose not to believe in them. This doesn't mean that they're not real, or that we can't know or understand something about them.
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When magicians are asked as to who qualifies as a Magician's Magician, the first name that comes up is Br. John Charles Hamman, S.M.
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Blessed Herman the Cripple stands as a shining light, reminding us that God purposely chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.
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‘Star Trek’ is replete with positive references of religion and especially Christianity.
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Here are 28 clues to help you distinguish between disciples of Jesus Christ and New Age fakes.
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As Christians, we all bear the indelible mark of Christ on our souls as a result of Baptism.
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.