Archive for the ‘Fr. Emil Kapaun’ Category

Buzz on Kapaun’s Cause

June 27, 2009

There have been a few articles in the local press out in Kansas and Illinois about a Vatican investigator showing up to look into the possibility of a miracle attributed to Fr. Emil Kapaun.  The American Korean War Army chaplain was a Wichita diocese native. 

Actually, one of the articles notes the investigator will be looking at several such cases, but the focus seems to be on one in particular — the recovery of a young Kansas man who had suffered a traumatic brain injury in a pole vaulting accident.   One of those apparently supporting the idea of the recovery being unexplainable by medical science is the neurosurgeon that treated the young man.

Full article here.   A clip on Kapaun:

Kapaun was a chaplain assigned to the U.S. Army’s 8th Cavalry regiment, which was surrounded and overrun by the Chinese army in North Korea in October and November 1951.

Kapaun became a hero, rescuing wounded soldiers from the battlefield and risking death by preventing Chinese executions of wounded Americans too injured to walk.

He became a hero again in prison camp, stealing food for prisoners, ministering to the sick, saying the rosary for soldiers, defying guards’ attempts to indoctrinate soldiers, making pots and pans out of roofing tin so that soldiers could boil snow into drinking water and boil lice out of their filthy clothing.

Hundreds of American prisoners died in the camp of exposure or starvation or illness that first winter. The Chinese guards did nothing to tend Kapaun when he became sick; he died in May 1951, two years before the war ended.

Soldiers who survived have praised Kapaun for decades; some of them have said he deserved not only sainthood but the Medal of Honor, in addition to the lesser Distinguished Service Cross the Army awarded him after his death.

A site dedicated to promoting his cause is here.

Fr. Kapaun’s Cause

November 11, 2008

A new article on Fr. Emil Kapaun, the American Korean-War-era Army chaplain who was declared Venerable in 1993.  A snip:

At the POW camp, Funchess said Kapaun was separated from the enlisted troops’ compound. Somehow, he would get through the barbed wire to pray with the POWs, Funchess said.

“I saw him ministering to the needs of other POWs,” he said, “and he was especially helpful to anybody who may have been wounded or anybody who was sick.”

Kapaun also took a risk by holding worship services when possible — something Funchess said their captors did not approve of.

“They would break up any religious service that he was trying to hold,” he said.

He could be the next American to be canonized a saint.  More info here.