|Romello Dias and his family waiting for
the Pope’s Mass – Photo ACI
Colombo (Wednesday, 01/14/2015, Gaudium Press) The canonization Mass of St. Joseph Vaz, in Sri Lanka was presided by Pope Francis and was attended by over half a million pilgrims. Some of them had to make great sacrifices to be in this historic ceremony. The testimony of a young boy, Romello Dias, was highlighted by ACI news agency because it shows not only his personal faith, but the testimony of his entire family.
Romello Dias has an unknown illness that doctors could not determine yet, but it left him seriously disabled. The 20-year-old boy was taken to the place where the Mass was to be celebrated by the Pope on a stretcher, where he remained many hours before the start of the Eucharist. In fact, in order to obtain a nearby location from which to participate more easily, the family arrived at 11 pm the previous day. “I want a great blessing to my son, he will do well,” said his father to ACI, when he explained the decision to spend the night in the open air. The faith of the family has not been touched because of this tragedy, which began when the son was in ninth grade.
Thanks to their efforts, the Dias family was only 15 rows away from the altar.
With information from ACI.