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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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Beatification Mass tips: Getting there, parking and how to watch

DETROIT — Those planning to attend the Nov. 18 beatification Mass of Fr. Solanus Casey — or those planning to watch from home — should keep the following tips in mind: Transportation Parking Paperless tickets Concessions and confessions Prohibited items Visit the Solanus Center Ways to watch (TV, radio and livestream) Transportation BUSES: Many parishes…

‘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…