Venerable Augustus Tolton: Juneteenth hero

June 20, 2024 | The Catholic Thing

By Francesca Pollio Fenton, Catholic News Agency

Yesterday commemorated the anniversary of the 1865 order that gave freedom to enslaved African Americans in Texas, issued two months after the Civil War ended. More commonly known as “Juneteenth,” it became a federal holiday in 2021 and serves as a fitting day to remember the first Black Catholic priest in the U.S. whose cause has been opened for canonization — Venerable Augustus Tolton.

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