Black Saints: Antonio Vieira

Fr. Antonio Vieira [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Nov. 17 St. Antonio Vieira

Did you know that Antonio Vieira was an African born in Portugal?

When he was fifteen years old, he became a Jesuit novice and later a professor of rhetoric and dogmatic theology. He went to Brazil where he worked to abolish discrimination against Jewish merchants, to abolish slavery, and to alleviate conditions among the poor. On the 200th anniversary of his death in 1897, he was canonized.

More about Black Catholic history

Blacks in Catholic Christianity have a long and vibrant history.

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Much of that history is generally unknown to Black Catholics as well as to the rest of the faithful. On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate this long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics. During this month we celebrate the presence of our ancestors who kept the faith and are models of living the Gospel life.

November is Black Catholic History Month.

[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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