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For Blessed Solanus, the poor were ‘light of the splendor of God,’ cardinal says

Holy Capuchin friar beatified before 65,000 people at Detroit’s Ford Field DETROIT — A humble priest and porter, Fr. Solanus Casey thanked God daily for the gift of those who came to his door in his small corner of the world. On Nov. 18, tens of thousands of those whom he touched gathered to thank…

‘The scales began to fall’: Woman recounts miracle that led to beatification

Panamanian school teacher felt ‘current of heat’ after praying for healing from genetic skin disease at Fr. Solanus’ tomb PACORA, Panama — Paula Medina Zarate knelt at the tomb of Fr. Solanus Casey, carrying what seemed to be the weight of the world on her shoulders. Paula, now 62, was making her first trip to…

Archbishop Vigneron elected USCCB conference secretary

BALTIMORE— Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has been elected as the new conference secretary for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at conference’s annual General Assembly on Nov. 14 in Baltimore. Secretary-elect Archbishop Vigneron was elected over Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, 96-88, to succeed the current secretary, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M.…

Parishes unlock powerful graces through intercessory prayer

Waterford — As Detroit celebrates the beatification of perhaps one of the city’s biggest advocates for prayer, the need is still ever present. Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., advised all who saw him for healing and counsel to pray and evaluate their relationship with God. Now Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in his pastoral letter, Unleash…

Detroit Catholics at ‘fever pitch’ over beatification of holy friar

City ‘thanking God ahead of time’ for gift of Fr. Solanus Casey’s beatification DETROIT — For decades during the Great Depression and afterward, Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey was the “go-to” guy for those who were sick, poor, afflicted or discouraged in their faith. Standing at the doors of St. Bonaventure Monastery on Detroit’s east side,…