WICHITA, Kan. — The remains of a Kansas priest who is being considered for sainthood were returned to his family, 70 years after he died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.
During a ceremony Tuesday in Hawaii, U.S. Defense officials gave the remains of Rev. Emil Kapaun to his family and officials with the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. The remains will be flown back to Kansas, where they will be taken first to Pilsen Kapaun’s hometown before being taken to Wichita, where a funeral is scheduled for Sept. 29.
He died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War.