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Massgoers, from near and far, rejoice at chance to witness historic beatification

By Karla Dorweiler Special to The Michigan Catholic DETROIT — More than 65,000 people flooded Ford Field for Blessed Solanus Casey’s beatification Mass, each inspired by the example of Detroit’s porter in their own way. Chris and Lynette Mollo from Ann Arbor were invited by their friend to attend. While it’s not unusual for the…

Beatification allows Detroit to show gratitude, thanksgiving for Blessed Solanus

DETROIT — It is not often a football stadium is filled with so many people watching every move with such devotion, such admiration and such solemnity. But at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, more than 60,000 Catholics waited with such reverence as Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, read…

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…

WATCH LIVE: Father Solanus Casey Mass of Beatification

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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