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By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia, 03/09/21

The recent identification of his remains in Hawaii marks important step in canonization process.

The remains of Fr. Emil Kapaun, a military chaplain during the Korean War, were recently identified in a mass grave in Hawaii. According to the Military Times, “Kapaun was identified on Mar. 2 … His remains were among the 867 buried as ‘Unknowns’ at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.” These remains were moved to Hawaii from sites in North Korea during the 1950s and 1990s.

This was part of “the Korean War Disinterment Project, initiated in 2018 … a seven-phase plan to disinter and identify all of the Korean war remains” in Hawaii.

Bishop Carl Kemme explained to KWCH in Wichita that this marks an important step in Kapaun’s canonization process. …

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