After nearly dying 10 years ago at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Avery Gerleman is fulfilling a promise she made to herself to become a nurse and to help others. And the Vatican is investigating her case as an “alleged miracle” made possible by the heavenly intercession of Father Emil Kapaun as he is considered for sainthood.
After sunrise on Sunday, 95 pilgrims from Kansas entered the best-known church in the world, St. Peter’s Basilica, filed past Renaissance sculptures and paintings several stories tall and after that descended many steep stair-steps under the marble floors.
Bishop Carl Kemme presented the official position on the life of Father Emil Kapaun to Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican on Monday. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)