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Priests who enlist as military chaplains answer 'a call within a call'

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This fall, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services plans to hold its first discernment gathering for Catholic priests to encourage them to consider becoming military chaplains.

The archdiocese regularly holds several retreats a year for young men who are thinking about the priesthood and the chaplaincy, but this will be the first event of its kind for ordained priests, because there is a critical shortage of military chaplains.

Receive the people

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Today's Gospel opens after a period of great activity and ominous events. Jesus was rejected at home, so he went to other places and sent his disciples to preach in his name. They came back successful, but burdened and frightened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist. It was time for Jesus and his friends to regroup and discern God's will for them.

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Priest, 70, gets 12 years for child porn, sex assault

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A Catholic priest who worked at a Detroit high school was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to transporting child porn to Chicago and admitted to sexually assaulting a former student.

Richard James Kurtz, 70, was a chemistry teacher years ago at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit.

Kurtz, who was brought in the courtroom Tuesday shackled and handcuffed, read a statement before Judge Mark Goldsmith, saying he was “deeply sorry” for his actions.

Thich Nhat Hanh in US for rehabilitation

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Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, has traveled to San Francisco’s UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco from his monastery in France for intensive rehabilitation following a stroke last year, according to a statement from his monastery.

While he is currently unable to speak, the report says he disembarked the plane on foot and “continues to transmit the essence of his practice.”

Activist who took down Confederate flag drew on her faith and on new civil rights awakening

As she prepared for her mission — scaling the 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse to bring down the Confederate flag — Bree Newsome reread the biblical story of David and Goliath.

A youth organizer with Ignite NC, a nonprofit group challenging voting laws, Newsome appeared briefly to raucous cheers July 11 on the main stage of the Wild Goose Festival after speaking to a smaller crowd at the four-day camp revival that celebrates spirituality, arts and justice.

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