The Rev. Augustus Tolton, America's first black priest who pastored in Chicago, closes in on sainthood following pope's decree squib

A Chicagoan who was the first acknowledged black Catholic priest in the United States moved one step closer to sainthood Tuesday after Pope Francis issued a decree recognizing his “heroic virtues,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said.

The Rev. Augustus Tolton, who was born into slavery in Missouri...

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