First black priest up for sainthood

From: ABC News

The first African-American to become a Roman Catholic priest is now under consideration for sainthood. The cause for the beatification and canonization of Fr. Augustus Tolton of Illinois is moving forward.

On Thursday, the Archdiocese of Chicago began a process that could lead to sainthood for Father Tolton. At the St. James Chapel at the Quigley Seminary, a prayer service was held and and the decrees were signed to examine the priest’s life, virtues and reputation of holiness.

“A man, a priest, a Christian who somehow survived all of that and remained loyal to his people, a devoted priest,” said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago and postulator for Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood.

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