An unusual offering for a pope

Father Javier Calvillo Salazar arrived at the site of Pope Francis’ upcoming appearance carrying an unusual offering: a box full of migrants old shoes, worn and dirty.

is a monument dedicated to immigrants, Calvillo said after removing his own sandals to ascend onto a cement platform and arrange more than a half dozen pairs of shoes at the foot of an enormous cross facing the bridges that span the Rio Grande.

Holy Father has said that he is coming to see this to console the people, the priest said after descending the platform where the pope is expected to deliver a blessing before Mass on Wednesday. could be better than when he comes up here and sees lots of symbols, lots of signs of those who most need this love and care? runs the local diocese Casa del Migrante, a refuge for deportees from the United States, and migrants from the interior of Mexico, and from Central America.

Shoes for Pope Francis Molly Hennessy Fiske / Los Angeles Times

Father Javier Calvillo Salazar, second from right, arrived in Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday with migrants’ old shoes an offering for Pope Francis.

Father Javier Calvillo Salazar, second from right, arrived in Ciudad Juarez on Tuesday with migrants’ old shoes an offering for Pope Francis.

(Molly Hennessy Fiske / Los Angeles Times)

Beside the shoes, Calvillo and those who have worked on the monument placed three three foot tall replicas of the 33 by 10 foot cross.

Each bears the silhouetted image of a migrant family in transit, the father leading the pregnant mother on horseback just as Joseph led Mary, he said. Thank you for having us in your heart. They have added significance because when migrants arrive at the Casa del Migrante, volunteers offer to remove their shoes and wash their feet, a ceremonial Roman Catholic practice of humility favored by Pope Francis that hearkens back to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.

At first, the priest said, immigrants hesitate, ashamed of their rough feet, worried they have to pay for pedicures. But once volunteers start washing and trimming their nails, they relax, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Unisex Black White Malaysia Price he said, and begin to tell the stories of their harrowing journeys north.

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On his flight back to Italy, the pope.

Pope Francis traveled to Mexico Feb. 12 17, saying he wants to “live the faith” of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country but will not shy away from confronting issues of violence and corruption that could make his governmental hosts quite uncomfortable.

On his flight back to Italy, the pope.

The center opened 35 years ago and there were 50 migrants there Tuesday. Their ranks have grown in recent years: they served Air Jordan 6 Retro Carmine 384664-160 Unisex White Red Malaysia Price,453 last year, about a thousand more than the year before.

When Pope Francis celebrates Mass here, 2,100 migrants will attend, including 100 from the center, Calvillo said.

Presenting the gifts of wine and Communion during the Mass will be an indigenous migrant family a couple from the southern state of Oaxaca with a young son and teenage daughter, who came to Juarez about a decade ago, he said.

have roots in a state where a lot of indigenous people are struggling, Calvillo said.

Some of the people Calvillo works with may get to meet the pope. There is a plan in the offing for Calvillo to join Pope Francis at the cross with three representatives of the center: a deportee, a Central American and a Mexican migrant.

is a pope who has us in his heart and on his lips, he said, knows where he is. What he wants is for the world to know.