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Portrait of pioneering Black priest installed in Cathedral

An image of Venerable Augustus Tolton, the nation’s first recognized Black Catholic priest, is now on display next to the shrine of his old friend, St. Katharine Drexel.

Martha Jane Tolton and the arms of freedom

The mother of Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first recognized African-American priest, knew the true source of liberty as Jesus Christ — and her witness is a declaration of real independence for all, writes Gina Christian.

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