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Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family

October 1, 2014 Vatican Radio – Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for the extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family due to open on Sunday. Around 150 Synod fathers from across the globe will take place in the meeting to discuss the pastoral challenges of the family in the…

First black U.S. diocesan priest and sainthood candidate shown in archival photo

Fr. Tolton, First African-American U.S. diocesan priest sainthood candidate

September 30, 2014 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…

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