SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Pope Francis has approved the heroic virtue of Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina, a layman from Puerto Rico who dedicated his life to fighting racism and educating black children.
If canonized, Molina would be the second black layman from the American continent to be made a saint, following St. Martin de Porres.
Molina, whose beatification cause is now moving forward, devoted more than 58 years of his life to teaching. He founded a school to educate children in the principles of the Christian faith and morality.
Born on Oct. 24, 1790, Molina was educated by his parents, as black individuals at the time did not have the right to education, and his family...READ MORE