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Beatification allows Detroit to show gratitude, thanksgiving for Blessed Solanus

Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., left, escorts Paula Medina Zarate as she carries the relics of Blessed Solanus Casey to the altar. Zarate received the miracle — a healing from a genetic skin disease — that paved the way for Blessed Solanus’ beatification.

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 aloud the apostolic letter from Pope Francis, proclaiming Fr. Solanus Casey, “Blessed Solanus Casey.”

The stadium roared to applause after Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron read the proclamation in English, signifying one of Detroit’s own, was now among the beatified.

For the clergy on the field, the sight of such devotion and jubilation was much to behold.

“It was just so moving seeing all those people praying in the stands, especially when you realize the devotion and the faith that motivate the people to come out on a rainy day and be part of such a joyful, beautiful, faith-filled celebration,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston.

“It’s very encouraging to see the first American to be beatified in our community (the Capuchins). It’s a great honor for us,” Cardinal O’Malley told The Michigan Catholic following Mass.As a fellow Capuchin, Cardinal O’Malley was inspired that one in his ranks became the second American-born male blessed.

“His availability and his closeness to people and love for the poor is what inspires people. The homeless, those who have great problems and challenges in their lives. He was so present to them.”

Fellow Capuchin Bishop Pablo Ervin Schmitz Simon, auxiliary bishop of the Vicariate Apostolic of Bluefields, Nicaragua, said Fr. Solanus’ beatification shows one does not have to be a bishop or achieve fantastic accomplishments in far-away lands to become a saint. Just be where God puts you and be open to His plans.

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