Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Korean War Priest

He "has a good chance to be raised to the altars" — Fr. Emil Kapaun beatification cause heads to Rome. A brief hagiography:
    He courageously rescued wounded soldiers from the battlefield, risking his own life to prevent their execution at the hands of the Chinese.

    He was captured by North Korean and Communist Chinese forces after he volunteered to stay behind on a battlefield with the injured.

    The priest’s service to his fellow prisoners has become legendary among those who knew of him. Scores of men attributed their survival to his work tending the starving and the sick.

    Fr. Kapaun died in a prison camp hospital on May 23, 1951.

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