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This name means “moor, dark-skinned”. It is a name of ethnic origin, derived from the Latin “Maurus”, meaning "belonging to the people of the Moors", who lived in the region of Africa called “Mauretania”, which extended from Algeria and came to Morocco and northern Mauritania. Probably the Romans gave them this name because of the dark color of the skin, in fact, amaurós (ἀμαυρός) in Greek means "moor, dark", also the meaning of amáurosi (αμαύρωση), browning, burnishing (burned or tanned). Saint Maurus was the first disciple of St. Benedict of Nursia (512–584). The Life recounts the long journey of St. Maurus and his companions from Italy to France, accompanied by many adventures and miracles as St. Maurus is transformed from the youthful disciple of Benedict into a powerful, miracle-working holy man in his own right.

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