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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Memorial Mass for 'Grunt Padre'

Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno wasn't one to shy away from danger. The Vietnam War Navy chaplain risked his life tending to the wounded on the battlefield, receiving shrapnel to his face and hands. His heroism earned him the nickname "grunt padre" before his Sept. 4, 1967 death, when he used his body as a shield to protect a soldier during Operation Swift.

On Sept. 3, just one day before the 42nd anniversary of his death, a Mass for Father Capodanno will be offered at the Crypt Church at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, will be the celebrant.  

Click HERE to read Catholic News Agency's story on Father Capodanno.

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