Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Retired Archbishop Hannan of New Orleans filming a documentary about army chaplain Emil Kapaun

Soldiers who served with Kapaun are leading the effort to have him declared a saint by the Catholic Church. The Vatican has given the Diocese of Wichita permission to begin building the case to Kapaun's canonization.

Philip Hannan, a retired archbishop from New Orleans, is filming a documentary on Kapaun that he hopes will educate new generations of Americans and advance the cause for sainthood.

"I have no doubt but that we will all be able to say one day, not simply 'Father Emil Kapaun,' but 'Saint Emil Kapaun,' " said Hannan, who met Kapaun while they were both studying at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in the late 1940s.

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