Father Solanus Casey, Wisconsin born priest, to be beatified

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American priest said to read souls on the way to being named a saint 
- Pope Francis today approved a miracle attributed to the American Roman Catholic priest and Capuchin, Fr. Solanus Casey, paving the way for his beatification. Born Bernard Francis Casey, on 25 November 1870, in Oak Grove, Wisconsin, “Barney” (as he was known) was the sixth of sixteen children to Irish immigrant parents. When he was a boy he contracted diphtheria, which left him with a permanently raspy voice; two of his siblings died of the illness. After working as a lumberjack, a hospital orderly and a prison guard (where me befriended two of Jesse James’ cohorts), he felt a call to the priesthood and was admitted to the Capuchin Order in Detroit in 1897....Read more