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Diocese Celebrates Black Catholic History Month on November 7

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Black Catholic History Month will be celebrated in the Diocese of Raleigh on Saturday, November 7 with a Day of Reflection and Renewal followed by the celebration of Mass with Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presiding. The day long event will take place at St. Michael the Archangel in Cary. The Day of Reflection, sponsored by the Diocesan Office of African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization, will feature sessions for adults, teenagers and youth. Mass will be celebrated at 5:00 PM.

Black Catholic History Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1990 to recognize the achievements, traditions and customs of Black Catholics born in the United States and the immigrants coming to the U.S. from African nations. The first Black African in recorded history is noted in the Acts of the Apostles (8:26-40) with the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch by Philip the Deacon. The first African Pope was Saint Pope Victor I whose pontificate covered 189-199 A.D. Born in the Roman Province of Africa, he is credited with converting the language of the Mass from Greek to Latin, which was used in his native North Africa.