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Bishops-designate Fisher and Battersby ‘shocked,’ humbled by appointments

Archbishop Vigneron says he’s ‘always been impressed’ by Detroit’s new auxiliary bishops DETROIT — On the day before Thanksgiving, Pope Francis has given the Archdiocese of Detroit two very good reasons to be thankful. Less than a month after the archdiocese found out it would be losing one of its auxiliary bishops, the Vatican announced…

Synod members see their role as ‘paving the way’ for others

Participants reflect on graces, experiences of historic synod on evangelization DETROIT — If past truly is prologue, then Synod 16 was history in the making. And while the synod’s members, facilitators, expert-advisers and staff were working on coming up with a new spiritual direction for the Archdiocese of Detroit, the moment’s historical impact was not lost…

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The Vatican

Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession

VATICAN CITY — Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”),…