December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Cindy Rodríguez, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

Every morning, when Wilson Sanchez wakes, he kneels beside his bed and prays to God: ”Give me the strength to continue on the right path, Lord. And, if I fall, please help me up.” Yesterday morning, knowing Cardinal Bernard Law’s removal was likely, he added these words: ”Look after Cardinal Law.”

An hour later, Wilson heard the news on Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network, that the pope accepted Law’s resignation, and he cried.

”It hurts me so much,” Sanchez said yesterday afternoon while sitting in a pew in the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in East Boston. ”I was never in favor of him stepping down.”

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