2013 Pura Belpre Award for Illustration
As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres used to be born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to permit him into the priesthood. As an alternative, Martin used to be accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man used to be performing miracles. Rumors started to fly across the city of a ordinary mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios. Martin continued to serve within the church, until he used to be after all received by the Dominican Order, no longer known as the worthless son of a slave, but slightly a saint and the rose within the desert.
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