February 25, 2024

From POW to Saint? Father Kapaun’s long, silent night in North Korea

The Czech-American priest could be the first Saint to emerge from the Korean War

Christmas time seems a fitting season to revisit the progress towards the canonization of the first potential saint to emerge from the bloody carnage of the Korean War.

Korea, of course, has had other saints. These, most notably, include the Korean Martyrs who first brought Catholicism to Korea via the writings of the Jesuits at the imperial court in Beijing in the 18th century.