Case for Kansas priest's sainthood could soon advance

February 18, 2020 - 9:07 am
Photo by Mike Hutmacher/Wichita Eagle/MCT/Sipa USA

Photo by Mike Hutmacher/Wichita Eagle/MCT/Sipa USA


An effort to have a Kansas priest who died in a North Korean prison camp reach sainthood could take an important step forward next month. The Wichita Eagle reports that a panel of archbishops and cardinals will meet March 10 to vote on whether Emil Kapaun is worthy of the title of “Venerable," which is the second step in the process toward sainthood in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis will make the final determination. Kapaun was named a “Servant of God,” the first step towards canonization, by the church in 1993. If the Venerable title is bestowed, the church would begin the process of investigating alleged miracles attributed to Kapaun.


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This is a copy photograph of Father Emil Kapaun, left, helping a wounded soldier that sits on display at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School. The Kansas native served as a chaplain in World War II and the Korean war, where died a prisoner of war in 1951. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has petitioned the Vatican to have Kapaun declared a Saint. (Photo by Mike Hutmacher/Wichita Eagle/MCT/Sipa USA)

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