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LAMPEDUSA, Italy (LifeSiteNews) – Italian priest Don Fabio Corazzina from Brescia, Italy, celebrated an outdoor Mass in Lampedusa, Sicily, wearing a rainbow “pride” stole, and after the Consecration, various Hosts flew off the table.

Father Corazzina joked in Italian, “Jesus is flying” as the Eucharist was blown off the table altar – which had a bicycle resting against it at the front – onto the ground.

Father Corazzina, who was wearing a skin-tight cycling outfit in addition to his rainbow stole, picked up some of the profaned Hosts. Another unidentified man in a sleeveless shirt and cycling shorts picked up others.

Immediately after the act of sacrilege took place, Corazzina began reciting the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) in Italian as if nothing egregious had taken place.

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Fr. Vincent Capodanno was among the very best of us, and his heroic offering of his life means he deserves to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

The Navy chaplain laid down his life to save souls on the battlefield in Vietnam, giving Marines the Last Rites as they lay dying.

Riddled with bullets while ministering on the front line, Fr. Capodanno's cause for canonization is now being considered by the Vatican. 

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Fr. Capodanno's cause has suffered a setback in recent weeks when a group of theologians recommended the Vatican suspend the process, despite the priest already being made a Servant of God by the Church.

One of the objectors claimed it would be inappropriate to canonize the Navy chaplain due to the military conflict in Ukraine, but this is only consultative advice and the Holy See can nonetheless proceed with raising Fr. Capodanno to the Communion of Saints.

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Fr. Capodanno (38) was killed by 27 machine gun bullets on 4 September 1967 in the Que Son Valley.

Known as the "Grunt Padre", his cause for canonization was opened in 2018 after the miraculous healing of a woman suffering multiple sclerosis.

With a strong devotion to Father Capodanno, the woman asked for his healing intercession and a subsequent MRI showed that the lesions in her brain had disappeared.

The woman attributed this miracule to the Naval Reserve lieutenant's intercession.

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Fr. Capodanno's cause might be the first considered under Pope Francis' "offering of life" category created in 2017 as a path to sainthood, with the traditional paths being martyrdom and dying as a "confessor".

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Catholics believe that each consecrated Host contains the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, which becomes present after the words of consecration, but only if the liturgical rite takes place with proper form, matter, and intent.

Preceding the Eucharistic Prayers of the New Mass, it is necessary – according the rubrics – to say a Preface, which can vary by season, depending on which Eucharistic prayer is used. Corazzina did not use a Preface prayer that corresponds with the rubrics, but instead improvised.

In addition it is necessary to say a Prayer Over the Gifts that is found in the rubrics for Mass, but Corazzina sang a hymn that did not correspond to the New Mass stipulations.

It is Catholic teaching that for a sacrament to be valid, which includes the Sacrament of the Eucharist, a priest must perform the ritual with the intention at least of doing what the Church does.

One way of knowing the intention of the priest, according to a commentary on the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas on the subject, is if the priest performs “the rite as it is customarily performed in the true Church.”

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It is not clear whether Father Corazzina performed the Mass he offered with proper intention due to his improvisation of important prayers and his seemingly laissez-faire attitude to securing the Eucharist.

The Mass was celebrated at the southernmost tip of Italy in a park in front of the sea, and Father Corazzina began the liturgy by expressing his desire to commemorate the migrants who have died at sea off the coast of Italy.

Corazzina has a history of advocating for so-called same-sex “marriage” in the Catholic Church.

In 2016, Italian TV network La7 released an interview clip with the priest entitled “I, a priest want to marry homosexuals.”

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