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Fr. Kapaun was a Catholic priest and U.S. Army Chaplain whose cause is up for canonization. He was from Pilsen, Kansas, in the Wichita Diocese and served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was known for his bravery and kindness and his devotion to the spiritual needs of the soldiers under his care. This picture is from his time in Korea.
At the Battle of Unsan, as Allied forces were overwhelmed by the Chinese Army, Fr. Kapuan chose to stay with wounded men rather than escape with the retreating Allied forces. He was captured by the Chinese and placed in a prison camp. For seven months under grueling conditions, he spent himself in heroic service to his fellow prisoners without regard for race, color, or creed. He died I the camp May 23, 1951.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart and many other decorations, including the Bronze Star and, in 2013, the highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.
In 1993, Fr. Kapaun was named a Servant of God by Pope John Paul II, which is the first step towards canonization. His cause is under consideration by Rome. Fr. Kapaun apparently is still ministering on Earth, as there are numerous miracles attributed to him.
This is an exclusive photo restoration of Fr. Emil Kapaun, from our series of restored Saint photos. We hope these photos help you find yourself closer to the Saints, and thus closer to Jesus.
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We think this print looks best in a black frame, but any frame could work, depending on your decor.
Standard size. Easy to find a ready-made frame at your local Hobby Lobby.
– 8.5 x 11" acid-free paper
– Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
– Cardboard backer
– Above story of the art
– Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.
Sue & John
“In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art.” ~ St. Pope John Paul II
Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson – Classic Catholic Art.