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An unusual offering for a pope: the worn, dirty shoes of migrants

An unusual offering for a pope: the worn, dirty shoes of migrants

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.

“This 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.

Among them: a man’s dust-covered black and red slip-ons, the pink-and-white sneakers of a woman and another red-and-blue pair, child-size.

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