Born Into Slavery, Fr. Augustus Tolton May Become a Saint

On March 2, 2010, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, announced that he was beginning an official investigation into Father Augustus Tolton’s life and virtues, with a view to opening the Cause for his canonization. The following year—on February 24, 2011—the Roman Catholic Church officially began the formal introduction of the Cause for sainthood of Father Tolton.  He was designated Servant of God; and Historical and Theological Commissions were established, with the responsibil … [Read more...]

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Pope Paul VI To Be Beatified October 19

Giovanni Battista Montini, Pope Paul VI, will likely be beatified--the first step toward sainthood--on October 19, according to a report by Andrea Tornielli published today in Vatican Insider.Back in December 2013, I had predicted an October date for the beatification, when a miracle attributed to the intercession of Paul VI was ruled "unexplainable" by Medical Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  The Congregation then referred the case to theologians and cardinals for f … [Read more...]

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On the Feast of Blessed John Paul II: A Photo Montage from his Beatification

This banner was erected after the Beatification--I suppose because had it been there for the event, it would have blocked the view.

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.In the first week of May 2011, it was my great privilege to be in Rome for the first-ever Vatican Blogfest and, not coincidentally, the Beatification of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  I thought I’d share some photo memories from my Beatification album with you today, on JPII’s feast day. *     *     *     *     *On May 2, I watched the sun rise over the Tib … [Read more...]

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