Mexican immigrants adopt patron saint

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint who is cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 4-foot-tall statue of Saint Toribio Romo Gonzalez was flown from the Mexican state of Jalisco, and is making stops in churches in three California counties.

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.

Romo Gonzalez was a priest killed during a 1928 religious uprising and was canonized 14 years ago.

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