Exciting news from Chicago this week came in the form of an announcement about the true-life hero of Across. Father Augustine Tolton has passed the next stage on his road to Sainthood. The "positio" or historical account of his life has been unanimously approved by the historical and theological commission in the Vatican. This crucial stage makes it very likely "Father Gus" will be named Venerable next February. After that, the commission will look for proof of actual miracles associated with Tolton in order to name him "Beatified" - the final stage before Canonization.
Christopher Foley, the writer/director of Across, the film about Tolton's life, was ecstatic. "Father Gus is a true American hero, and every step he makes in this process will bring him to the attention of more and more people. We cannot wait to share his story to all who seek him out." Across is currently a short film about Tolton's boyhood attempt to escape slavery. However, the filmmakers are in the process of flipping the short into a 2-hour feature, in order to reach a wider audience.
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