Raising voices, lifting hearts

Coleman Ward and Elizabeth Esqueda, who served as the soloists during the beatification Mass of Blessed Solanus Casey, rehearse one…

Praying together, staying together

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, encourages families to form “discipleship groups,” learning and praying together while…

Local News

Raising voices, lifting hearts

Detroit — Elizabeth Esqueda has sung for big crowds before — a Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game and a couple of Detroit-based college football bowl games included. But she will be the first to admit nothing compares to being a soloist at November’s beatification Mass for Blessed Solanus Casey. “Just the very special nature of…

Nation/World

Churches no longer exempt from FEMA disaster aid

Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON —The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising its policies to no longer exclude houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from damages caused by natural disasters. The policy change was outlined in the agency’s revised 217-page manual: “Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide” issued Jan. 2.…

The Vatican

Pope to diplomats: World peace depends on right to life, disarmament

VATICAN CITY — Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said. A culture of peace “calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs,”…