Saint Benedict the Black

Benedict the Black, Saint, d. 1589, Sicilian friar. Born a slave, he became a hermit and later a Franciscan lay brother. Although illiterate, his humility and extraordinary powers as spiritual director caused him to be made Superior. He has erroneously been called Benedict the Moor. He was canonized in 1807. Feast: Apr. 4.

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