14 Inspiring Photos of Mass Celebrated in War Zones

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Nothing is more important than the Mass, and the Church is bound to keep on celebrating it in and out of season. And that includes war.

Here are some photos of priests celebrating Mass in war zones, or at least out on the field for members of a military.

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American soldiers in the bombed Cologne Cathedral (March, 1945)

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via imgur

U.S. Civil War (~1861-1865)

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Public Domain / via imgarcade.com

A bombed out chapel in Dommartin, France (WWII?)

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Wikimedia Commons

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U.S. 5th Marine Regiment at one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in Tikrit, Iraq (April, 19th, 2003)

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Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

U.K. Royal Air Force in Central Burma (WWII)

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Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

111th Naval Construction Battalion in Normandy, France (June, 18th 1944; D-Day + 12)

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Public Domain / lee.ekstrom / Flickr

First Catholic Mass inside a Japanese hanger (WWII?)

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Public Domain / Emily Barney, Flickr

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American soldiers from the 80th “Blue Ridge” Division (WWII?)

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Public Domain / lee.ekstrom, Flickr

Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment in Badula Qulp, Afghanistan (February 21st, 2010)

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U.S. Army / Flickr

65th AAA Batallion at Bolo Point, Okinawa (July 19, 1951)

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Public Domain / lee.ekstrom, Flickr

Sante-Barbe, France (WWI)

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Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Münster, Germany (1946)

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A Marine receiving the Eucharist kneeling and on the tongue on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima (February or March 1945)

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Public Domain / via ww2db.com

Fr. Kapaun celebrating mass in Korea (~1950-1953)

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via thepapist.org