• For Blessed Solanus, the poor were ‘light of the splendor of God,’ cardinal says

    [caption id="attachment_92337" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, censes the relics of Blessed Solanus Casey during the beatification Mass. “In raising the American Capuchin to the honors of the altars, Pope... Read more
  • Beatification allows Detroit to show gratitude, thanksgiving for Blessed Solanus

    [caption id="attachment_92332" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] 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... Read more
  • Father Solanus Casey Is Still Working Miracles

    [caption id="attachment_92328" align="aligncenter" width="682"] The sainthood cause of Wisconsin-born Father Solanus Casey (1870-1957), a Capuchin priest and doorkeeper at Franciscan friaries in New York and Detroit, has advanced to the beatification stage after Pope Francis approved a miracle... Read more
  • Father Solanus Casey declared ‘Blessed Solanus’ at Detroit beatification

    Legions of metro Detroit Catholics knew Father Solanus Casey as a miracle worker. And on Saturday, the Catholic Church officially recognized the Capuchin friar as one too, declaring him “Blessed Solanus” in a beatification ceremony at Detroit’s Ford Field. The rare ceremony put Casey, who... Read more
  • Black Catholic woman religious and civil rights leader dies at 93

    [caption id="attachment_92314" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Franciscan Sister Antona Ebo, right, speaks with a student at a St. Louis high school in 2013. Ebo, who risked her well-being to participate in the legendary 1965 civil rights protest in Selma, Ala., died at age 93 Nov. 11 at the Sarah... Read more
  • Detroit Catholics at ‘fever pitch’ over beatification of holy friar

    [caption id="attachment_92234" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A man prays at the tomb of Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey after the announcement of the Capuchin friar’s beatification May 4. With the Nov. 18 beatification around the corner, Detroit Catholics are excited and energized to see one of... Read more
  • BREAKING: Urgent prayer request for religious sisters kidnapped in Nigeria

    I got word of this late today from my friend Msgr. Gerard Lopez, Vicar General for the Diocese of San Bernardino. The religious order involved—the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy—works in his diocese. Here’s the email he forwarded from the order, asking for prayers: Dear... Read more
  • Beatification of Father Solanus Casey draws 70,000 faithful Catholics to Detroit

    [caption id="attachment_92081" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Father Solanus Casey (far right) serves bread in 1942. (Photo: The Capuchin Franciscan Province)[/caption] When Father Solanus Casey is beatified Saturday as “Blessed Solanus,” the legendary Detroit Catholic priest will become an... Read more
  • The Difficulty of Canonizing Popes

    The latest to join saints-a-marching is Pope John Paul I, who moves a major step toward sainthood with the decree of his heroic virtues approved Wednesday. The decree, granted by Pope Francis, means that the Church, after thorough investigation, judges the candidate worthy of beatification and... Read more
  • Nun killed in backlash over Regensburg declared a martyr

    [caption id="attachment_91959" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Sister Leonella Sgorbati, right, in an undated picture. (Credit: blog of the Consolata Missionary Sisters.)[/caption] ROME- Undoubtedly, the best-known sainthood cause Pope Francis advanced this week is that of Pope John Paul I, the... Read more