LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday (http://lat.ms/1zyVTwu) that the statue of Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez was flown from the Mexican town of Jalisco last weekend.
Many immigrants say Romo Gonzalez has appeared to them during difficult moments on their journeys north, with some carrying a photo of the saint in their wallets.
Church officials, however, say he has not been officially recognized as a patron to immigrants, and people have made him legendary through their faith.
Romo Gonzalez was a priest killed during a 1928 religious uprising and canonized 14 years ago. His statue will be received in Los Angeles next Sunday.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com
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