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October 24, 2002

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNUAL MARTIN DE PORRES MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate the 40th annual Mass in thanksgiving for Saint Martin de Porres, the Saint of Universal Brotherhood. The homilist will be the Most Reverend Gordon D. Bennet, S.J., Auxiliary Bishop and Urban Vicar, Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Thursday, November 7, 2002
7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA


Martin de Porres was born in Peru in the 16th century to a Spanish nobleman and a black woman of Panama who was a freed slave. He became a Dominican brother and devoted his life to caring for the poor and the sick. Pope John XXIII canonized Martin de Porres in 1962, making him the first saint of color in the western hemisphere.

Music will be provided by the African American Apostolate Mass Choir with representatives from many of the 282 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. People of all faiths are invited to attend this Mass of Unity and Brotherhood sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Black Catholics sponsors the Mass. For more information please call 215-587-3634.

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