Pope advances sainthood causes for Fr. Tolton, Spanish martyrs
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, a former Missouri slave who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago.–Catholic Missourian
Signing decrees issued by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes June 11, Pope Francis also formally recognized the martyrdom of three Catholic laywomen who were nurses for the Red Cross and were killed during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War.
The decree for Father Tolton’s cause recognizes that he lived a life of heroic virtue.