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Ankle Bone of Patron Saint of Immigrants Crossing Mexican Border on Display in L.A.

The relic of a saint that immigrants pray to when they want to cross the United States/Mexico border safely made a stop today at a Los Angeles church.

The relic of Saint Toribio, a priest killed in 1928 during Mexico's Cristero War and canonized in 2000, made a stop at St. Marcellinus Church during its pilgrimage from Mexico.

"Many immigrants when they want to cross the border turn to him, and there have been so many testimonies of miracles that he has helped them, especially in moments of difficulties," said Father Martin Federico Rizo Soto, who travels with the relic.

He told Video News West that the saint has helped many cross the border without danger.

The relic, a bone from the left ankle of Santo Toribio, is encased in a 4-foot-5 statue of the saint, which was lent to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by the saint’s home chapel in Jalisco, Mexico, according to Angelus

Hundreds of migrants die every year while attempting to cross illegally from the United States into Mexico, most from heat stroke, dehydration and hypothermia.

Over the last year, the Border Patrol has reported an increase of unaccompanied children from Central America and the Southwest border crossing over into the United States, creating a strain on resources.

Many of the children have been crossing in Texas and some have been brought to Border Patrol facilities in California, including Murrieta, where protesters in recent days have turned away buses carrying detained immigrants.

The White House has announced plans to fast-track deportations and pay $116 million for the cost of transporting the unaccompanied children back home.

Many crossing the border are fleeing political instability and violence. Honduras has a murder rate of around 90 per 100,000 people, while the rate in Mexico is around 20 per 100,000, according to media reports. In the United States, it is under five per 100,000.

Humberto Ramos, parish life director at St. Marcellinus Church, said the relic pilgrimage is not meant to be political.

"It's inviting people of faith and good will to come and to see how we are all called to love God and our neighbor. Hopefully, that upswelling of faith will lead to some kind of a change," Ramos said.

Mostly, Ramos said people look to the saint for help, and it is a reminder for others to serve the needy.

"It's a lot of these narratives that give hope and there's a sense there is someone they can turn to," he said.

The relic will next head to Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest.

See a schedule of the tour here.

—City News Service

Aaron G July 10, 2014 at 09:10 PM
They should be giving thanks to the American taxpayers who are clothing and feeding them.
Fernando lopez July 11, 2014 at 09:21 AM
You forget that the neo-colonists polices of this country on these third world countries is the reason of these migrations in the first place. Nafta. None if you complain about Nafta i bet, or the bleeding of their resources that keep afloat out middle class... Hmmmm
nonoise July 11, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Fernando, you never did look at the quiet sign inside the walls of the bus station at Ave 26 where the buses pull out. You also never talked to Rudy like you said you would. You also know nothing about the Saturday night light program at Cypress Park like you claim to know about. There was hardly a few people there any given night. Especially after the free food ran out. And, what happened in Cypress Park last night near the park? Let's see if you know. You don't know the neighborhood now. Maybe you did at one time but you don't know Cypress Park anymore. If you really live in Cypress Park post what is written on the quiet sign inside the bus station. I challenge you. Let's see if you come through.
Fernando lopez July 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I don't need to talk to Rudy. He knows. I see him all the time. What happen what the Hell do I look like a news reporter..lol your name should be noisy not nonoise. Like I said we can put a friendly wager... You drive your little piece of shit red car with bumber stickers everywhere. Your side walk looks like a fire hazard and your like about 6ft. tall. Lol your an idiot if you think I'm going to drive into the mta bus station. I challenge you, see if you can keep quiet for once.

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