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The Church of St. Benedict the Moor in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Priests share hope for new Pittsburgh parish in Black Catholic tradition

Last summer, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh made an important announcement. St. Benedict the Moor, a historic parish in the... Read more

Thea Bowman, as a postulant   Credit: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

The hidden history of Black Catholic nuns in the U.S.

Black Catholic nuns have made manifold contributions to the Church in the United States, and theirs is a story that... Read more

Black Catholic leader says Black Lives Matter organization 'ill-equipped to lead'

A Black Catholic leader said Friday that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is the wrong organization to lead... Read more

Earl Gage Jr. in an undated photo from the San Francisco Independent newspaper. Photo courtesy of Blondell Chism via Catholic San Francisco.

San Francisco to name street after first Black firefighter, a Catholic convert

San Francisco’s first Black firefighter, a Catholic convert whose faith helped him endure years of racial abuse within the department,... Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Catholics hold pilgrimage to grave of Venerable Augustus Tolton, first African American priest

The fourth annual Quincy pilgrimage honoring Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest, took place Thursday with the intention of... Read more

Photo of a portrait of Mary Seacole (c.1869), by Albert Charles Challen (original held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.) Public domain.

‘It meant a great deal to her’: the Catholic faith of the woman voted ‘greatest Black Briton’

She was voted the “greatest Black Briton.” A statue of her stands opposite the Houses of Parliament. Her heroic life... Read more

A crucifix at the Basilica of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving... Read more

Abraham Lincoln. Public domain.

Why Abraham Lincoln held a White House fundraiser for this black Catholic parish

When black Catholics in DC wanted a church, Abraham Lincoln helped raise the money  Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood

Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the... Read more

Sister Thea Bowman. Courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Sr Thea Bowman's cause for canonization could open at US bishops' meeting

Sr. Thea Bowman was the first African American woman to address the U.S. bishops' conference. Most likely, she was also... Read more

Photo courtesy of Xavier University

The historically black Catholic university founded by a saint

Of the 106 historically black colleges in the United States, only one is Roman Catholic - Xavier University of Louisiana.  Read more

Julia Greeley.

Former slave Julia Greeley first to be buried at Denver’s cathedral

In what was a historic first for the Archdiocese of Denver, the exhumed remains of a potential saint were laid... Read more

This 200 year-old black Catholic school is a 'gem' in Baltimore's inner city

Nestled among the mix of shiny new storefronts, foreclosed row houses, parks, and public housing, lies what locals call the... Read more

Julia Greeley.

For the ex-slave who blessed Denver, a path to sainthood opens

Julia Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Missouri. But her cause for sainthood was opened on Sunday in Denver,... Read more

Why this bishop thinks moral leadership will bridge the racial divide

With the second anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., this week, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has noted the downfalls... Read more

The painful, resilient history of America's black Catholics

For Fr. Stephen Thorne, Black History Month is not only a chance to remember the struggles faced by the African-American... Read more

Portrait of Father Augustus Tolton. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Scholar recounts black Catholics' rich history

Black Catholics across the globe have dedicated their talents and their lives to their faith since earliest days of the... Read more

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK was Christ-inspired, says head Knight of Peter Claver

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader... Read more