San Romero, symbol of hope and faith in Sweden

photo VD: Marlon Hernandez.
By Diego Recinos

San Romero, Salvadoran Bishop, He killed while celebrating his last Mass in a small chapel in the capital of El Salvador, It remains a hope of faith for many immigrants living in all parts of the world.

A year after the canonization of the Salvadoran martyr Archbishop, Parishioners from different latitudes of Latin America, held over the weekend in Sweden a religious ceremony to give thanks to God and ask for his intercession with the plight of migrants living in the country.

Maria Elvia Perdomo, It is one of the people who attended the event. The woman arrived a few minutes before the Mass that was to officiate at the Chapel of the Catholic Mission of Spanish speakers in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

With devotion and difficulty, He kneeled and raised a plea. After santiguar, He sat and listened Mass faith.

After the Mass ended, Maria waited for attendees, one by one, They were coming, for at the end, I silently approached the small altar placed at the right side of the table of sacrifice where Mass was celebrated.

He rose slowly, step by step, the few stairs that divide the altar of the village, and with unquestioning faith he closed his eyes, He clasped his hands, He bowed his head and said a prayer.

It was not long before the tears began to fill her eyes and her cheeks go.

Puckering his face spoke of how hard it was prayer, and faith with which the sexagenarian woman asked in front of her face. Seconds later, He crossed himself and was staring into the eyes of the image before him. smiling, and very slowly said goodbye and went to the altar.

In addition to Mary, in the chapel, He was another woman contemplating that image. mother, another parishioner, staring saw the picture of San Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, the martyr bishop canonized last year by Pope Francisco.

Ana is not Salvadoran, but believes that through the intercession of the saint, the miracle she needs will be granted.

"I have so much faith that he will do me, I will grant what I am asking you today ".

But, why believe in a man from a foreign country and never knew? There is much talk of San Romero. And despite being the first saint of the small Central American country, Salvadorans call him Monsignor Romero, not San Romero. For they consider him one of their own, someone close, someone who makes them feel proud and someone who can boast to the world as his.

Why talk about it, who knew him have, They talk about his preaching and his love for the needy, touting that after his martyrdom is not dead, He lives and walks with his beloved Salvadoran people, it was solidarity with the victims and felt with his people.

Hear a Salvadoran San Romero is an act of magical realism. They tell you what, describe, tell, I do feel, hear your words, do you imagine your side like a friend who talks to the same God about your problems. It's like a being who is no longer, but still alive.

Perhaps that is the reason for the growing popularity of San Romero among Latinos. A man that, to the side of God, listening to the bereaved and suffering. And suffering, Latinos know much in Europe. The Swedish state was formerly solidarity and human, little by little, it is becoming a place that closes its doors to migrants. Dehumanization of others' pain is now part of the immigration policy of the Nordic country.

But the cold and hardness do you set aside faith. Why they are still looking human faces family and ask for miracles.

Because, Ana, There is something else that makes you believe. For the testimony of Salvadorans who has heard and what she has seen on internet, They tell you that the new saint was a man close to the pain, solidarity with the suffering and listening to victims. A consistent bishop who joined his ministry with the feeling of his church.

"For me it is a holy, I've heard a lot from him. I heard testimony from him by YouTube and today I come from a very special way to ask a favor of him. And I know it's going to give me ".

After leaving the chapel, Ana goes to the conviviality of Salvadorans. Come tamales covered with foil and sheets orchard. Sipping a quesadilla with coffee. Talk to the people sitting next to her. Forget their pain and perhaps a disease. Feel the warmth of a people that makes you feel part of it.

photo VD: Marlon Hernandez.