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Vatican official ‘encouraged’ by Detroit’s response to immigrants

DETROIT — Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo’s mission to the United States is of the utmost importance to the Vatican: to be the pope’s ears on the ground. Visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit for the annual Holy Trinity Apostolate Lenten Symposium, Msgr. Figueiredo’s role in the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery of Integral Human Development…

Giving up to grow closer to God

Lenten fasting about more than just denial, local pastors say; it’s about fulfillment CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Every Lent, the same — sometimes tired — question is asked: “What are you giving up?” This year, The Michigan Catholic is inviting readers to participate in #LiveYourBestLent, going above and beyond the call of duty to make the 40…

Fixing smiles and touching souls

Free Catholic-sponsored dental clinics show ‘image of God in everyone’ by offering less fortunate access to care DETROIT — Every second Friday of the month, Tom Larabell walks into the basement of St. Leo Church on Grand River in Detroit, ready to meet smiling faces. The faces change week to week; there isn’t a whole lot…

Symposium speakers stress importance of faith to a strong family life

STERLING HEIGHTS — The family that prays together stays together. That may be true, but the family that says “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me” not only stays together, but also has found the secret to a happy and healthy life, says Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick. The retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., was one of several…

St. Clair Shores parish offers unique ministry designed for grandparents

Catholic Grandparents Association helps older adults minister to grandchildren, keep in touch with other grandparents ST. CLAIR SHORES — It was Divine Mercy Sunday, and St. Margaret of Scotland parishioner Celine LaTorre was watching a television program, when a woman on the screen caught her attention. The person was Catherine Wiley, talking about a ministry she…