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The remains of Father Emil Kapaun, lost for nearly 70 years, will return to Kansas.

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If you’ve driven west on I-70, you’ve probably seen two church towers off in the distance, about 10 miles east of Hays in the tiny town of Victoria, Kansas.

If you haven’t been curious enough to stop and check it out, you should.

'We Feel So Blessed': Holy Savior Dedicates New Church

Nov 25, 2019
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A project in the works for more than 20 years was completed last week when Holy Savior Catholic Church held a dedication and blessing for its new church.

The new church and school, Holy Savior Catholic Academy, were part of a $9.1 million campaign. The new campus is at 3000 E. 13th St. North, just west of Hillside. 

“The dedication of our people, parishioners of Holy Savior, has made all of this possible,” said Father James Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior.

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The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City on Wednesday released a list of 12 clerics or seminarians with substantiated allegations of abuse against minors.

The diocese said five of the priests were assigned to the Dodge City diocese, while five others worked at some point in the diocese but allegations against them were made in other dioceses. Two others were seminarians.

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The Catholic Diocese of Wichita says an independent audit has substantiated sexual abuse allegations involving minors against nine priests.

The diocese released the report today following a review of more than 1,300 files by the Wichita law firm Fleeson Gooing. Many dioceses in the state and around the country have issued similar reports. Of the nine priests involved, six died after being removed from the ministry. The other three were removed in the 1990s. Seven of the nine were ordained in the 1950s or earlier.

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TOPEKA — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday that it has opened dozens of investigations into alleged sex abuse by Catholic clergy after 119 people came forward in recent months saying they were victims.

The KBI called for tips from the public in February and continues to seek information. Agents have launched 74 cases so far in 33 counties.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, praised the news in a statement.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating reports of sexual abuse by clergy in the state’s four Catholic dioceses.

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Pope Francis is scheduled to ride in a papal parade this Saturday prior to the Festival of Families celebration in Philadelphia. Some Wichita Catholics have traveled to the East Coast to see the pope.

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A conference in Wichita this weekend aims to give couples the tools to strengthen their marriages.

Statistics show about half of adults in the US are married, a record low. The numbers are even lower for African-Americans, about 31 percent.

Sherdeill Breathett, president of the Kansas African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, says their mission is to celebrate and provide models of a healthy marriage. She says as a whole, marriage is on the decline.

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The Roman Catholic cardinal electors begin their conclave Tuesday to decide on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who resigned last month.

At Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy in Wichita, students and staff are also weighing in on the process.

Middle school social studies teacher Mike Meyer hands out paper for an assignment.

"If you were a voting cardinal, what qualities, what characteristics are you looking for as the new pope?" he asks.

Thirteen year old, Kyree Straughter says he should be a strong leader, trustworthy and nice.