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Martin de Porres is a saint whose popularity has remained undiminished despite his obscure history as a seventeenth century Dominican in South America. His humility and love, in the face of racism and prejudice make him a model for our own time of conflict. In 1962 he became the first South American black saint and patron of interracial brotherhood. It was however, his care for the poor, the suffering and even sick animals that made him famous in his own lifetime. He performed many miraculous cures in his lifetime and to this day is prayed to with great effect for help in a variety of spheres.