Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Luís León, Ph.D.
Catholic studies, Cristero Rebellion, Mexican history, Pope John Paul II, Santo Toribio Romo, U.S./Mexican border
Santo Toribio (1900-28) was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 2000 as a martyr of Mexico's bloody Cristero Rebellion. He enjoyed a modest local following for decades after the Rebellion as many of the other Cristero martyr-saints did. However, around the time of his canonization, a new identity began to emerge different from that of martyr; he became the patron saint of immigration. For believers, Santo Toribio helps mitigate the criminal nature of this act by showing God's approval and blessing. He places the pain and social distortion of Border crossing in Roman Catholic contexts of holiness and divine intervention. This thesis begins to catalog and analyze the nature of Santo Toribio's unofficial patronage.
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Thomas G. Evans
Received from ProQuest
Evans, Thomas G., "Santo Toribio: The Rise of a Saint" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 187.
Religion, Religious history, Theology