On May 4, Pope Francis announced that Fr. Solanus Casey will be elevated to “Blessed” in the Roman Catholic Church, which is the final step before sainthood. A member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit and one of the co-founders of the city’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Fr. Solanus Casey was born Nov. 25, 1870, and died July 31, 1957. He will be the second American-born male to be beatified.
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