- Jul 12, 2020
Military chaplains are called to educate the consciences of members of the armed forces so that even in war, the opposing side is not viewed merely as “an enemy to be destroyed,” Pope Francis said.
After 37 years, the statue of Our Lady of Luján used in the chapel for the Argentinian forces on the Falkland Islands will be going home in an act of reconciliation that will be personally blessed by Pope Francis.
Amid the pomp and ceremony that marks a military burial, Father Francis Brett was reunited after more than 50 years with his younger priest brother at Arlington National Cemetery.
Relatives of the first chaplain to die in World War II accepted the Silver Star on his behalf 76 years to the day after he died saving 12 sailors during the Pearl Harbor attack.
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.
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.