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Caption: This prayer card promoting the canonization cause of Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized U.S. diocesan priest of African descent, has been distributed by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George has formally closed the investigation into the life and virtues of the sainthood candidate. (CNS/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)
This prayer card promoting the canonization cause of Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized U.S. diocesan priest of African descent, has been distributed by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George has formally closed the investigation into the life and virtues of the sainthood candidate. (CNS/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)
Evidence collected for Father Tolton's sainthood cause heads to Vatican

By Michelle Martin
Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) -- With prayers, songs and sealing wax, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago formally closed the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton Sept. 29 in a ceremony in the St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center.

The prayer service marked the binding and sealing of the dossier local research aimed at making Father Tolton, the first African-American diocesan priest, a saint. Cardinal George opened the cause in 2010.
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