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. 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 832,668 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Martin de Porres is the 724th most popular religious figure (down from 677th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Peru (up from 16th 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 724 out of 2,272Before him are Saint Marinus, Josephine Bakhita, Lars Levi Laestadius, Antipope Ursicinus, Atiśa, and Maron. After him are Saint Remigius, Antipope Nicholas V, Saint Susanna, Expeditus, Peter Chrysologus, and William of Gellone.

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Among people born in 1579, Martin de Porres ranks 4Before him are Frans Snyders, Tirso de Molina, and Tokugawa Hidetada. After him are Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, John Fletcher, Jens Munk, Juan Pablo Bonet, Johannes Meursius, Luis Vélez de Guevara, and John Ogilvie. Among people deceased in 1639, Martin de Porres ranks 4Before him are Mustafa I, Tommaso Campanella, and Orazio Gentileschi. After him are Bernard of Saxe-Weimar, Roelant Savery, Martin Opitz, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Stefano Landi, Augusta of Denmark, John Ford, and Johannes Meursius.

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Among people born in Peru, Martin de Porres ranks 15 out of 196Before him are Pachacuti (1380), Rose of Lima (1586), Manco Cápac (1250), Túpac Amaru II (1738), Yma Sumac (1923), and Huáscar (1490). After him are Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (1938), Manco Inca Yupanqui (1512), Viracocha Inca (1310), Topa Inca Yupanqui (1441), Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539), and Hilda Gadea (1925).

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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).