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Beatification cause for Korean-war chaplain goes to Rome

July 06, 2011

The Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, has completed the first stage of a cause for the beatification of Father Emil Kapaun, a Catholic chaplain who served heroically in the Korean War.

Father Kapaun, who had gained a widespread reputation for his care of the sick and needy, was captured by North Korean troops when he voluntarily stayed with wounded soldiers as US troops retreated. He died in a prison camp in 1951.

The Wichita diocese opened a cause for his beatification in 2008. Having completed the preliminary investigation, the diocese is now sending the cause to Rome, to be studied by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


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