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St Peter Claver

(1580—1654)


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(1580–1654),

‘Apostle of the Negroes’. A native of Catalonia, he landed in what is now Colombia in 1610 and at once began ministering to the slaves who were brought over in terrible conditions from W. Africa. Ordained priest in 1616, he is said to have instructed and baptized over 300,000 people. Feast day, 9 Sept.

Subjects: Christianity.


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