Father Emil Kapaun, the priest from Pilsen, Kan., who died in 1951 as a prisoner of war in North Korea, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor today by President Barack Obama at a ceremony at the White House. Kapaun was ordained in Newman University’s St. John’s Chapel on June 9, 1940, and served as an Army chaplain during World War II and the Korean War. He is being considered for canonization as a martyr.
Read more about Fr. Kapaun and the Medal of Honor ceremony, several of Kapaun’s surviving fellow POWs attending the event, and how the Medal of Honor may affect Fr. Kapaun’s cause for canonization in articles in the Wichita Eagle.