SAN BENITO OF PALERMO, THE PROTECTOR OF COLORED PEOPLE

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Walking in Antigua, his attention was drawn to the many ruined churches. Although the places of worship had been built well and with good materials, they didn’t withstand the earthquakes. In Guatemala, the ground shook quite often.

He went to Saint Francis Church every evening and meditated for a few minutes in front of the statue of San Benito of Palermo. The Franciscan saint was popular in South America. He was considered the protector of colored people. In fact, he was a refugee from Ethiopia, who was later adopted by a Sicilian family. Staying in front of the statue of San Benito of Palermo he felt at home. He had a fellow citizen who protected him in this faraway land!  Even though he lived in another continent, Sicily was always in his heart.

This is an excerpt from November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2 The Day of the Dead in Sicily
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

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