LIMA PERÚ, AGOSTO 30. Miles de fieles se aglomeran en el santuario de Santa Rosa de Lima, para dejar sus cartas en el tradicional pozo de los deseos y rendir homenaje a la santa limeña en su día. Foto: ANDINA/ Vidal Tarqui
Thousands of pilgrims flock to the shrine of St. Rose of Lima in Peru's capital city to cast their letters into the traditional wishing well and say a prayer as part of the celebrations honoring the Catholic saint.
Visitors show their great devotion and wait in long lines hoping to get a miracle. They also give thanks for the wondrous deeds she has done, mainly in terms of health.
On the other hand, Cardinal Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, Archbishop Emeritus of Quito (Ecuador), attends a closing ceremony marking the 400th anniversary of her death
The religious service takes place at Lima's main square and is celebrated by Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani.
Saint Rose of Lima
Saint Rose of Lima was the name given to a seventeenth-century lady who lived in Lima, Isabel Flores de Oliva, who felt a great religious vocation and spent her life caring for the sick and enduring harsh penitence to resist sin.
She is the first Catholic saint of the Americas and patroness of Peru, Latin America, and the Philippines.
Santa Rosa de Lima —as she is known to Spanish speakers around the world— is considered the patron saint of police and nurses as well.
Her good nature earned her fame while she was alive. After her death, veneration of her figure spread out, not only in Peru, but also in the Philippines.