Black Saints: Ethiopian eunuch

The Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch by the Deacon Philip painted by Lambert Sustris between 1545 and 1550. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Nov. 28 Ethiopian eunuch

Did you know one of the first foreigners mentioned in the Bible to be baptized was an African?

In the Acts of the Apostle, Chapter 8:26-40, we read the account of the Ethiopian eunuch. This person was a black person baptized by Saint Philip. The Ethiopian eunuch was a court official in charge of the treasury of the Queen of the Ethiopians. “Ethiopian” refers to a person of color from Africa. The Greeks used this word, which means “burnt”, or darker skin.

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Blacks in Catholic Christianity have a long and vibrant history.

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. 

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