ID cards to be is­sued by Bal­ti­more arch­dio­cese Po­lice: 11 baby bod­ies found in fu­neral home

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BAL­TI­MORE — An iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card de­signed to help un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants and other vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple will soon be is­sued by Bal­ti­more's Catholic arch­dio­cese.

Bal­ti­more Mayor Cather­ine Pugh and Arch­bishop Wil­liam Lori on Wed­nes­day an­nounced the launch of the par­ish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards. The IDs will be rec­og­nized by city agen­cies.

Of­fi­cials say it will im­prove pub­lic safety by pro­vid­ing iden­tity cards to those who oth­er­wise don't have any and who avoid speak­ing to law en­forcers due to their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus.

Ap­pli­cants must be mem­bers of a Catholic par­ish for at least three months to qual­ify for one of the iden­tity cards.

DE­TROIT — De­troit po­lice say the bod­ies of 11 babies have been found hid­den in a ceil­ing of a fu­neral home that the state of Michi­gan closed six months ago.

Author­i­ties say con­struc­tion work­ers found the bod­ies Fri­day at the Cantrell Fu­neral Home on the city's east side. Po­lice say nine bod­ies were found in a card­board box and two were found in cas­kets.

De­troit po­lice have or­dered a fur­ther search of the build­ing.

Michi­gan's De­part­ment of Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs sus­pended the li­cense of the fu­neral home in April af­ter in­spec­tors found de­com­pos­ing em­balmed bod­ies and other vi­o­la­tions.

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