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  • Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

    Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

    At first blush, a ceremony taking place in Italy’s Palace of the Army today may seem counter-intuitive, as St. Pope John XXIII, a famous “Peace Pope,” is being installed as the patron saint of the Italian army. In fact, however, for reasons both biographical and philosophical, John XXIII actually may be the perfect patron for the kind of army Italy operates today.

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  • Chaplain offers Mass aboard ship for Marines killed in crash of Osprey

    Chaplain offers Mass aboard ship for Marines killed in crash of Osprey

    Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services has commended U.S. military chaplains “who put their lives on the line daily to serve those who serve.” The archdiocese said that about 210 Catholic priests are currently on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. About four dozen of those priests serve in the Navy. 

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  • Military Archdiocese faces uphill battle to serve troops

    Military Archdiocese faces uphill battle to serve troops

    The Archdiocese for the Military Services is charged with pastoral care of Catholics in the military, in all five branches, their dependents, any Catholic who is a patient or a resident on a facility governed by the Department of Veteran Affairs, and any U.S. Catholic who works for the Federal Government outside the United States. It is estimated 1.8 million Catholics are under its pastoral care, but it only has 208 priests currently serving.

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