Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres

Saint Martin de Porres (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639) is a Christian Saint of Dominican Order.[1] He is the patron saint of social justice.[2] He is also the patron saint of race relations, African-Americans, barbers and hairdressers.[2] He was born in Lima, Peru where he is venerated in the large basilica of Santo Domingo. On his feast day, November 3rd, many churches have a ceremony.

Early life

Saint Martin was born to Juan de Porras, a Spanish hidalgo, and Ana Velásquez, a black woman . He was originally named Martín de Porres Velázquez.

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