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Martin de Porres

1579 - 1639

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Martín de Porres Velázquez (9 December 1579 – 3 November 1639) was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony, and animals. He was noted for his work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin de Porres has received more than 1,116,659 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Martin de Porres is the 674th most popular religious figure (up from 723rd in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Peru (down from 15th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Peruvian Religious Figure.

Martin de Porres was a Dominican friar, and is most famous for being the first person of African descent to be declared a saint.

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Among religious figures, Martin de Porres ranks 674 out of 2,238Before him are Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, Sa'id bin Zayd, Mahapajapati Gotami, Julia of Corsica, John Harvard, and Silas. After him are Mahākāśyapa, Lydia of Thyatira, Atiśa, Cornelius the Centurion, Athenagoras of Athens, and Pope Adrian IV.

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Among people born in 1579, Martin de Porres ranks 2Before him is Tirso de Molina. After him are Frans Snyders, Tokugawa Hidetada, Catherine Henriette de Balzac d'Entragues, Carlo Saraceni, Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, John Fletcher, Marie of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Juan Pablo Bonet, Jens Munk, and Johannes Meursius. Among people deceased in 1639, Martin de Porres ranks 4Before him are Mustafa I, Tommaso Campanella, and Orazio Gentileschi. After him are Roelant Savery, Bernard of Saxe-Weimar, Martin Opitz, Stefano Landi, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Augusta of Denmark, John Ford, and Johannes Meursius.

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Among people born in Peru, Martin de Porres ranks 16 out of 232Before him are Pachacuti (1380), Túpac Amaru II (1738), Rose of Lima (1586), Yma Sumac (1923), Abimael Guzmán (1934), and Manco Inca Yupanqui (1512). After him are Huáscar (1490), Topa Inca Yupanqui (1441), Viracocha Inca (1310), Hilda Gadea (1925), Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539), and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (1938).

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Among religious figures born in Peru, Martin de Porres ranks 2Before him are Rose of Lima (1586). After him are Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (1943), Pedro Barreto (1944), and Juan Guevara (1882).