Three-Day Kapaun Pilgrimage begins

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WICHITA, Kan. - A three-day pilgrimage honoring one of the best-known Catholics in Kansas history began in Wichita Friday morning.

The tribute to the late Emil Kapaun began with a sunrise mass at
Church of the Magdalen on East 21st St. This is the sixth year for the Kapaun pilgrimage, done in part to lobby for him to be declared a Roman Catholic saint.

President Obama honored Kapaun posthumously last year with the Medal of Honor, for service in Korea. Catholics want him honored by the Pope for miracles he may have performed after that.

A church researcher was in Kansas last September, checking on whether Kapaun was involved in healing a Hutchinson Community College student.

The walking pilgrimage will cover 22 miles a day, with overnight campouts. It should end Sunday in Pilsen, the place where Kapaun grew up.

More than 120 people reportedly registered for the pilgrimage. One of those taking part is Kapaun's nephew.

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