In her study of Martín de Porres, Celia Cussen sets out to provide an invaluable perspective that allows for the study of religious figures from a historical standpoint. Cussen reconstructs society, culture, and politics out of mystical experiences and happenings, recounting not just the story of Fray Martín de Porres but also the contexts in which the process of his canonization and beatification took place. The fascinating story of this man, who was a “mulatto” in colonial society, transcends religious facts, the most important of which was his interest in the modernization of the Catholic Church, a wish that was considered in his beatification ceremony in 1962, during the papal mandate of John XXIII. Cussen's study begins and ends with this fact, which motivates all the questions she raises in her investigation.

Fray Martín's story is highly significant not only for his...

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