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Significance: St Martin de Porres

Significance: St Martin de Porres

Significance: St Martin de Porres

It was certainly the year when we became aware of the campaign for Black Lives Matter, which had such a meaningful impact all over the globe. A cruel killing of a black man in Minnesota sparked demonstrations in places that had no connection with the American Midwest: sportsmen in many countries felt moved to "take a knee" in solidarity.

And perhaps the BLM movement prompted the English writer and presenter of the BBC's Great Lives series, Matthew Parris, to include St Martin de Porres in a collection about legendary individuals whose lives have significance for people today, whether religious or not.

Martin de Porres, usually portrayed as a black man in images, is now seen as a highly contemporary figure. He is the saint of interracial harmony and justice.


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