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Former slave’s priestly story comes to life across diocese

His name wasn’t even mentioned on his baptismal record. No U.S. seminary wanted him. Now he's on his way to sainthood with his story coming to Valley stages.

Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral letter against racism

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a pastoral letter against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore.

Louisiana university to be a hub for causes of African-American Catholics

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana, announced July 31 that the university and its Institute for Black Catholic Studies will become the new hub for the advancement of sainthood causes of African-American Catholics.

Memorial of Servant of God Augustus Tolton

Born into slavery, young Augustus fled to freedom with his mother and two siblings through the woods of northern Missouri and across the Mississippi River while being pursued by bounty hunters and soldiers. He was only 9 years old.

Historians’ approval moves Father Tolton’s sainthood cause forward

CHICAGO (CNS) — The canonization cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton received important approval from the Vatican’s historical consultants earlier this year, moving the cause forward.

To honor Rev. King, ‘deepen’ commitment to work for justice, bishops...

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, “we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee said March 28.

Obispos: Para honrar al reverendo King, profundicen compromiso con justicia

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cincuenta años después del asesinato del Reverendo Martin Luther King Jr. “tenemos que preguntarnos si estamos haciendo todo lo que podemos para edificar la cultura del amor, el respeto y la paz a la cual nos llama el Evangelio”, dijo el Comité Administrativo de los obispos de los Estados Unidos el 28 de marzo.

Pope, Martin Luther King share common dream, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a dignified life for all men and women regardless of color or creed continues to live on in the teachings of one his most influential admirers, Pope Francis, a Vatican representative said.

Cardinal blesses cemetery plaques honoring memory, legacy of slaves

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the time had come to “right a wrong,” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl blessed and dedicated commemorative bronze plaques honoring unknown enslaved men, women and children buried throughout the Archdiocese of Washington.

Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, Feb. 8

Josephine Bakhita was born in 1868 in the Darfur region of what is now Sudan.