Father Tolton recognized as venerable; may be first black American to be canonized

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He went from slavery to the priesthood, winning over everyone with his virtue

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of Father Augustus Tolton, a man born into slavery who eventually became a priest.

With the decree, Father Tolton (1854-1897) is now recognized as venerable, a step along the path of canonization.

Read Father Tolton’s story here: