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Venerable Augustus Tolton Puts Focus on Black Catholic Insight Into Holiness

Peter Jesserer Smith
CHICAGO — Pope Francis’ June 12 decree declaring Father Augustus Tolton “Venerable,” signifying that the priest’s heroic virtues are worthy of honor by the universal Church, struck Jim Coleman as both “unbelievable, yet believable.”
For the past six months, Coleman, an acting veteran of 30 years, has been taking up the role of Father Augustus Tolton for St. Luke Productions. Coleman, who’s immersed himself in Venerable Tolton’s life to prepare for…

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20th Century Mexican Child Martyr Moves Closer to Sainthood

Yesterday afternoon, Pope Francis received Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato. During the audience, he authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes, including that of Mexican child martyr, Blessed Jose Sánchez del Río: …

20th Century Mexican Child Martyr Moves Closer to Sainthood