Thousands of Salvadorans arrive at the Plaza de San Pedro for the canonization of Romero

Thousands of Salvadorans arrive at the Plaza de San Pedro for the canonization of Romero

Thousands of Salvadorans waited for hours to enter the Plaza de San Pedro and attend the canonization of the Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero, which today will finally be "San Romero de América".

The nearly 7,000 Salvadorans who have come to Rome to attend what will also be the canonization of Pope Paul VI and five other saints have also been joined by many immigrants living in the country.

From dawn, the groups of Salvadorans stood before the entrance that corresponded to them, the door of the Sant'Ufficio, and waited patiently until 7.00 in the morning (5.00 GMT) to let them access the square.

Little by little, the Plaza de San Pedro was filled with pilgrims dressed in blue and white colors of the country and wearing their flags.

One of the groups has come from the Salvadoran capital and awaits their turn to enter, somewhat nervous because they arrived at 5 in the morning and already the queues were huge.

Explain to EFE that they arrived in Rome last Tuesday in a group of a hundred people to participate in the activities that have been organized in the Italian capital on the occasion of the canonization of Romero.

Their relatives explain that they will spend the whole night awake in the vigils that have been organized in El Salvador to follow the canonization ceremony.

But Salvadoran immigrants have also approached Rome, there are about 50,000 in the country, like Ana Silvia and her daughter Jenifer who arrive from Naples, from where they left by car at 1 in the morning to be here today.

Ana Silvia has been living in Italy for 5 years and excitedly tells EFE the "luck" she has had to be here today while many Salvadorans have not been able to make a pilgrimage to Rome to attend the ceremony "for the cost of the trip".

The priests and prelates who will concelebrate today with Pope Francisco, like the bishops of Zacatecoluca, Elías Bolaños, are also hurrying in; of Santa Ana, Miguel Ángel Morán Aquino; or of San Miguel, Fabio Colindres, among others.

The archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas, arrived at the Plaza de San Pedro at dawn to attend the canonization of his predecessor.

Early in the morning, like any other Salvadoran faithful, he was also in the vicinity of St. Peter's Square, waiting for his turn to enter Gaspar Romero, brother of Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero.

While dawn in Rome, St. Peter's Square is slowly filling with many faithful from the Italian region of Lombardy (north), identified with their yellow caps, where Pope Paul VI was born.

During the ceremony today will also be celebrated the canonizations of which is considered the first Bolivian saint, although born in Madrid (Spain), Nazaria Ignacia March; the founder of the Institute of Religious Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, Francesco Spinelli; the Italian priest Vincenzo Romano; the founder of the Institute of the Poor Servants of Jesus Christ, the German Maria Katharina Kasper and the young Italian Nunzio Sulprizio.


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