Agence France-PresseSeptember 14, 2013 15:04
A blind leper Argentine priest who traveled on a mule across the country's vast pampas to minister to the poor was beatified on Saturday.
The open air Mass for the beatification of Father Jose Brochero was attended by an estimated 150,000 people in the northern city of Cordoba.
On hand were 3,000 gauchos, or Argentine cattle herders, wearing ponchos of the kind Brochero did. He was known here as the "gaucho priest."
Brochero, who died of leprosy, lived from 1840 to 1914.
Angela Amato, a cardinal representing Pope Francis, who is Argentine, oversaw the Mass.