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Faith Briefs for May 7

CDA meeting Monday

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will be having their meeting on Monday in Carlin Hall following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. They will be celebrating their Memorial Mass for their deceased members from this past year.

Fire destroys UP church named for Native American saint

BAY MILLS, Mich. (AP) — Fire in the early hours Wednesday destroyed a Roman Catholic church in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church was built in 1967 in Bay Mills Township in Chippewa County. It was declared a total loss, according to the police at Bay Mills Indian Community.

The church was named for the first Native American to be declared a saint in 2012.

“In the Catholic church she is the saint that watches over us in times of adversity and hardship, and I ask for her to watch over all of our parish as we mourn her loss,” said Whitney Gravelle, tribe chairperson.

Pope: God doesn’t distinguish between natives, foreigners

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday denounced “aggressive” nationalism that rejects migrants, and said Catholics should follow the Gospel-mandated call for an inclusive, welcoming church that doesn’t distinguish between “natives and foreigners, residents and guests.”

Francis made the appeal in his annual message for migrants and refugees. He said the current pandemic had shown how the concept of the human family had been “fragmented, wounded and disfigured,” with the poorest and most marginalized paying the highest price.

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