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U.S. Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun died in a Korean prisoner-of-war camp 72 years ago yesterday. In the decades after the Korean War, Father Kapaun’s courage on the battlefield and selfless service to fellow POWs became legendary, leading the U.S. military to recognize him with a Medal of Honor and the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, to open his cause for canonization. In 2021, the chaplain’s remains were finally identified and brought home — with a little help from Columbia magazine.

 
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Father Emil Kapaun’s remains are carried into St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen, Kan., on Sept. 25, 2021. The casket remained in the chaplain’s home parish for two days before being placed in a tomb at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. (Courtesy of the Diocese of Wichita)

Finding Father Kapaun

How a Korean War veteran’s providential encounter with an article in Columbia contributed to the identification of Father Emil Kapaun’s remains. READ MORE | WATCH HERE

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Dec 5, 2017

The story of Father Emil Kapaun, U.S. Army Chaplain and veteran of World War II and the Korean War. His acts of heroism during the Korean War would eventually earn him the Medal of Honor. Narration by Ellie Kemper.

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Mar 17, 2022

Watch the brand-new video documenting Fr. Kapaun's journey back home to the Diocese of Wichita Join in watching the Premiere of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun on 3/17 at 8 A.M. CST! In a prisoner of war camp filled with the desperate and dying, where hope fades with the light of each day, the light of Christ shines through the actions of a simple yet heroic Catholic Priest from Kansas.

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