The 4-foot-tall statue of Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez was flown from the Mexican town of Jalisco, and is making stops in churches in three California counties, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

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.

“I owe him everything,” said Jose Ochoa, a 32-year-old cook who welcomed the statue to his church in Lake Forest. Before Ochoa crossed the border illegally in 2005 with his 4-year-old son to reunite with his wife and family, he had been given a small, laminated photo of the saint by his grandfather. “I couldn’t imagine dying without coming to see him to say thank you.”

Romo Gonzalez was a priest killed during a 1928 religious uprising and was canonized 14 years ago. His statue will be received at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles next Sunday.

In his Mexican hometown Santa Ana de Guadalupe, tens of thousands of pilgrims arrive weekly to pay tribute to the saint’s bones, which are kept in a small casket. Locals peddle saint-themed key chains and figurines to tourists and businesses ranging from a pharmacy to an ice cream shop bear his name.

In the United States, immigrants, especially those from Mexico, have come to cherish the saint. A church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, built a shrine to Romo Gonzalez after a tough anti-immigration law was passed in the state.

Church officials say while beloved to many, Romo Gonzalez, has not been officially recognized as a patron to immigrants.

“He’s the people’s saint,” said Ed Benioff, director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “His legend has grown from the start in the most grass-roots way.”

In Commerce, parishioners celebrated the statue’s arrival with song and dance and took turns touching its chest, where a bone from the saint’s ankle is kept behind a piece of glass.

Francisca Romero, 56, said she came to see the statue out of concern for relatives and friends and the thousands of immigrant children arriving on the U.S. border in Texas in recent months.

“I want this saint to keep them safe from all harm and to please help us all,” she said. Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

In the book of Exodus 20:4 it says Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Catholicism prays to Mary and other dead saints and believes these saints bless their followers with miracles. The Bible mentions “soul” and “spirit” 1,700 times. Not once is either referred to as immortal. People are mortal (Job 4:17), and none receive immortality until Jesus’ second advent (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).What final, urgent appeal will Jesus make to those who are in Babylon? He will say: “Come out of her [Babylon], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5. Please notice that Jesus refers to many people in Babylon as “my people.” There are millions of sincere Christians in Babylon who have not yet heard this urgent warning message. These people love the Lord supremely, and Jesus says they are His children. Please study these study guides below just click on read more do it for yourself.

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