R.I.P. Cardinal Edmund Szoka. Detroit and the World Have Lost a Great Leader.

Cardinal Szoka

Sad news today from the Archdiocese of Detroit, where former Detroit archbishop and former President of Vatican City State Edmund Cardinal Szoka has gone to his eternal reward.According to the Archdiocese of Detroit website: With sadness and great hope in the Resurrection we share news of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 and went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope … [Read more...]

Prayer Need: Detroit-Area Priest Indicted on Theft Charges

Fr. Edward Belczak

A five-count indictment was issued today by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade’s office in the theft investigation of Rev. Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan.Father Belczak and his parish administrator, Janice Verschuren, have been accused of stealing nearly $700,000 from parish funds, then using the money to purchase a luxury condominium in Palm Beach, Florida, and other items.  If found guilty of the charges, which include mail fraud, wire fraud an … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Detroit Embarks on Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost

Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost

On Ash Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Detroit will embark on a "Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost" which will last through Easter Sunday of 2015.Parishes in the Archdiocese have been asked to include in their weekly bulletin this weekend a letter from Archbishop Vigneron, explaining the Year of Prayer.  The letter asks Catholics to pray the prayer from 1961, which was included by Pope John XXIII in his announcement of the Second Vatican Council.  The prayer reads: "Renew your wonders in … [Read more...]


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