Vatican Official To Be In Kansas For Sainthood Nod

BILL BLANKENSHIP/THE CAPITAL-JOURNALHere is the plaque on the Kapaun memorial.

A Vatican official is expected in Kansas to complete an investigation into a possible miracle that could help elevate a Kansas priest to sainthood.

Italian lawyer Andrea Ambrosi returns to Kansas on Saturday to finalize the investigation into whether the Rev. Emil Kapaun, a Kansas priest who died in 1951 in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp, will become a saint.

The recovery of Avery Gerleman, a student at Hutchinson Community College, is a possible miracle being investigated by the Vatican. When Avery was 12 she was stricken with an autoimmune disorder and wasn’t expected to recover. Her family and friends began praying for Kapaun’s intercession. She has since recovered.

The Wichita Diocese says it could still be a while after this visit from the Vatican official before a final decision.

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