Father Emil Kapaun: 18 Things Every Catholic Should Know About This Heroic Priest

(T-L) Father Emil Kapaun celebrating Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar, Oct 7, 1950. (T-R) Father Emil Kapaun (center) poses for a picture with members of his congregation after celebrating his first mass as a priest at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, Kan., in 1940. (B-L) Emil Kapaun and his mother, Bessie, prior to his ordination to the priesthood in 1939. (B-M) Photos and mementos on display at his parish in Pilsner. (B-R) Servant of God Fr. Emil Joseph Kapaun was a Roman Catholic Priest and United States Army captain who served as a United States Army chaplain during World War II and the Korean War.”The life of the Holy Family was a life of true happiness. In order to have happiness in our Christian families we must practice the virtue of self-sacrifice.” — Father Emil Kapaun

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Our good sentiments are not enough to change law and culture. We have to become signs of contradiction…..

Last week, British judges upheld a law that permits children with Down syndrome or other disabilities to be aborted in the U.K. at any time before they are born, while abortions of children without disabilities are prohibited after twenty-four weeks’ gestation. The law was challenged by a British woman with Down syndrome, who said it discriminates against people like her…

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‘Let down your nets!’ — In 2001, John Paul II spelled out this 5-step plan for our times…..

“Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Those words of Jesus Christ were also favorites of St. John Paul II, and 20 years ago, he got very practical about what they should mean for us in our time. He gave a very specific plan for the years that would follow the year 2000, and promised it would bring the same result as it did for Simon: “When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish.”

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The Baltimore Ravens’ record-setting kicker Justin Tucker is a devout Catholic. Listen to him sing Schubert’s Ave Maria… …

NFL player Justin Tucker set an amazing record on Sun., Sept. 26. The 31-year-old Baltimore Ravens player set the NFL record for kicking the longest fieldgoal ever – 66 yards! Did you know he is also a devout Catholic and an opera singer? The talented professional athlete makes the Sign of the Cross before every kick to “give glory” to God and “say ‘thanks’ for the opportunity.”

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Meet Blessed Vilmos Apor, a bishop who died defending women from the Soviets…

During World War II, Bishop Vilmos Apor was a strong advocate for all the oppressed, especially Jews who were being taken away by Nazi soldiers. He would often use his own episcopal residence to shelter those who were being persecuted, while he would use a small room for himself. After the Nazis were driven out, the Soviet government stepped in and enacted their own atheistic regime.

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Without the right of conscience, there is no common good…

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich recently mandated that all priests and employees of his diocese receive vaccinations against COVID-19. While medical exemptions to his mandate will be granted, religious exemptions will be refused. You read that correctly. With a broad appeal to the “common good,” the cardinal is refusing to recognize individual objections of conscience…

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