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  • ‘Grunt Padre’ could be patron saint of Memorial Day

    ‘Grunt Padre’ could be patron saint of Memorial Day

    Archbishop Timothy Broglio has formally closed the archdiocesan phase of the cause of canonization for Father Vincent Capodanno, a Maryknoll priest and Navy chaplain killed during a fierce battle in Vietnam almost 50 years ago at the age of 38. The chaplain was nicknamed the “Grunt Padre,” because of his personal care for and ministry to the “grunts,” meaning members of the infantry.

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  • Child saints have much to teach the Church on suffering, sacrifice

    Child saints have much to teach the Church on suffering, sacrifice

    The canonization of Fatima visionaries Jacinta and Francisco Marto will put the spotlight on the heroic holiness possible in children. Austin Ruse hopes it will “open the floodgates” in allowing other saintly children to be canonized. He highlights three children of this generation who lived lives of heroic virtue in his new book ‘Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ.’

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  • American Padre Pio moves a step closer to sainthood

    American Padre Pio moves a step closer to sainthood

    Pope Francis on Thursday approved a rafter of sainthood decisions, including a miracle attributed to Capuchin Father Solanus Casey clearing the way for his beatification. Casey is more or less the American Padre Pio, a Capuchin healer and wonder-worker known for his simplicity, his availability, and his love for ordinary people.

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