St. Martin de Porres (9 December 1579 – 3 November 1639), was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who lived in Lima, Peru during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Born of mixed race, he faced discrimination due to his African and indigenous ancestry but became renowned for his humility, compassion, and deep spiritual life. He was known to care for the sick, serve the poor, and even establish an orphanage and children’s hospital in Lima. Martin is also famed for his reported miracles, including levitation, bilocation, and instantaneous cures. Canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, he is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, and public health workers.
St. Martin de Porres
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