Over the weekend (of Sept. 27) I attended the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church International Festival in Los Osos.
I had never heard of this saint until President Barack Obama gave Pope Francis, on his recent visit to the United States, the original key to her house in Maryland. The house is now a national shrine.
What I found at the festival was a wonderful group of people from several ethnic groups celebrating their heritage with good food and entertainment.
As I looked at the faces in the crowd, it reminded me of my heritage (Swiss, Swedish and German) and what a wonderful melting pot America has become.
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One Syrian refugee, who recently fled to Germany, said, “We still feel there are some people that love other people.”
As refugees are resettled to America in the coming years, I hope we will welcome them as our ancestors had in the past.