Religion: Saintly Causes

Of the hundreds of beatification and canonization processes pending in the tribunals of the Roman Catholic Church, five made U. S. news last week:

Black Barber. Last week brought the feast day of a humble Peruvian who was beatified and declared Blessed in 1837. He was Martin de Porres (1579-1639). a mulatto barber whose father was a Spanish nobleman and whose mother was a Negro. A Dominican lay brother, Blessed Martin was a "Father of the Poor." The movement to elevate Blessed Martin to sainthood is being fostered not only by priests who give...

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