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Servant of God Capt Emil Kapaun to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

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Father Emil Kapaun, born in Pilsen KS to Czech immigrants, was a priest of the Latin Diocese of Wichita and a US Army chaplain in WWII and Korea. In a unique pairing of circumstances, his cause for canonization is currently being promoted by the Diocese of Wichita and, within a few days, he will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the most prestigious military decoration granted by the United States.

The story of his chaplaincy during the Korean War, from which both recommendations stem, is extraordinary.

The following links give some insights into the two processes.

Cause of Canonization Introduced

Army: Kapaun Worthy of Medal of Honor

To really have a picture of what Father Emil did in Korea, one needs to read an eight-piece series, The Miracle of Father Kapaun, from the Wichita Eagle newspaper. The story documented by those who served with him and those who were imprisoned with him in North Korean POW camps is incredible.

The Miracle of Father Kapaun - Part 1

(There is a link at the end of each piece to the next entry in the series.)

Two purported miracles attributed to Father Emil are presently under review by Rome.

President Obama will posthumously confer the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, on the Servant of God Captain (Father) Emil Kapaun, US Army Chaplain Corps, on April 11, 2013.

The Medal will be presented to members of Father Emil's family, in the presence of several of the surviving, now-aged, former POWs whom he served and saved. The latter are men of diverse faiths who, for more than six decades, have ceaselessly lobbied the US government to accord him this recognition and the Catholic Church to declare him a Saint.

The text of the citation accompanying award of the Medal is posted on the US Army website . Father Emil's faith and heroism was truly extraordinary, as can be seen from the citation and the Wichita articles.

Meanwhile, the process for his canonization continues to advance and it is hoped that he will soon be declared Venerable.

Servant of God, Father Emil, pray for us and intercede before the Holy Throne for the safety of all who serve in our military forces.

Many years,

Neil
 

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There is a High School in Kansas named after Fr. Kapaun, but they pronounce it differently because the Bishop of Wichita mispronounced his name at the dedication. 
 
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