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Monday, July 13, 2009

Was Army chaplain a saint?

On Friday, we posted an entry about both the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard seeking Catholic chaplains. Now comes an extraordinary story from the Kansas City Star about a young man who has recovered from a catastrophic head injury. Many are crediting the healing to the intercession of Father Emil Kapaun, a priest from the Diocese of Wichita who died in a POW camp while serving as an Army chaplain in the Korean war.

Chase Kears was a 19-yaer-old track star at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas when a pole-vault attempt went horribly awry, and his skull crashed to the ground, cracking from ear to ear. He was not expected to live; a priest was even called in to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. But Kears' parish began praying to Father Kapaun. Seven weeks after being on the brink of death, the young man began to recover. Now, the Vatican is investigating the possible miracle.

Click HERE to read the Kansas City Star story and to learn more about the beloved, selfless priest at the center of the story.


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