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.
The Archdiocese of Detroit performs a ceremony that welcomes three women into one of the earliest Catholic Church vocations, the order of virgins, whose members are known as “consecrated virgins living in the world.”
Watch as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron is expected to present his plans for the Archdiocese of Detroit, including his landmark pastoral letter, “Unleash the Gospel,” during Mass for the Vigil of Pentecost starting at 7 p.m. from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Vatican City — On his last full day as pope, Pope Benedict XVI delivered an unusually personal and emotional farewell address, thanking the faithful around the world for their support and assuring them that he would remain in their service even in retirement. “I will continue to accompany…