2 Catholic leaders from Detroit at the Vatican

Two Catholic leaders from metro Detroit are part of an international gathering at the Vatican about Arabic-speaking Christians in the Middle East.Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron and Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim of Southfield, head of the Chaldean Church in the Eastern half of the U.S., were selected to be part of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. It’s a gathering of 185 bishops from around the world and comes at a time of concern about the status of Christians in the Middle East.
Metro Detroit has a significant population of Catholics and other Christians with roots in the Middle East, many of whom are concerned about the decline of Christianity in the Arab world. Chaldeans, Iraqi Catholics, are particularly concerned about their future in Iraq.
Pope Benedict XVI is heading the synod, which is being conducted primarily in Arabic. It started Sunday and ends Oct. 24, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit.
TAYLOR: 400 low-income families get aidAbout 400 low-income Taylor families got nonperishable food and a box of essentials Monday from Feed the Children, the Michigan Department of Human Services and the motorcycle enthusiast organization Michigan STAR Touring and Riding Association.
Eligible families got vouchers for the program from DHS through area churches, food pantries, soup kitchens and community partners.
FARMINGTON HILLS: Charity collection to start FridayA collection for charities, including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church food pantry, is to start Friday.
Donations including canned soup, cereal, diapers and laundry soap can be taken to Thornton & Groom’s, 24565 Hallwood Court, until Nov. 24.
For information, call 248-644-7810 or go to www.thorntonandgrooms.com.
LENOX TOWNSHIP AND CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP: Bridge project is under wayThe Macomb County Road Commission started a bridge replacement project Monday on 26 Mile over a branch of the Kirkham Drain near I-94 in Lenox and Chesterfield townships.
Workers will replace the bridge with a 22-foot span with a 7-foot rise. The road is closed to traffic west of I-94 and will reopen Nov. 5. The project should be completed by May 15.
COUNTYWIDE: Senior Outreach days set in 3 communitiesWarren, Eastpointe and St. Clair Shores will host Senior Outreach days, where people can get flu vaccines, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and the opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications.
• The Warren event is 9 a.m.-noon today at St. Martin de Porres Church, 31555 Hoover Road.
• The Eastpointe event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastpointe Manor, 24611 Gratiot Ave.
• The St. Clair Shores event is 9 a.m.-noon Thursday at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 21201 Thirteen Mile.
Those 6 months and older can get a flu shot, which can be billed to Medicare Part B or Medicaid. Otherwise, the cost is $15 for flu vaccines and $20 for pneumonia vaccines. For information, call 586-469-6313 or go to macombcountymi.gov/seniorservices.

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