The date on which Pope Francis will leave for the United States on his apostolic journey is approaching and in the USA preparations have already started. Of great relevance will be the chair on which the Holy Father will sit during mass, scheduled on September 25, in the Madison Square Garden, New York. The chair is simple, in poor wood, but of huge symbolic value: it was made in a garage of the Westchester county, in the Big Apple State, by Fausto Hernández, Hector Rojas, and Francisco Santamaria, three Hispanic seasonal immigrant. Writes L’Osservatore Romano. Thus, the “silla sagrada” has already earned an editorial in the New York Times precisely because it aims at representing “a symbol of humbleness and not a throne”, clarify the three immigrants.
“[The] simple chair for a Pope who loves simplicity” was commissioned by the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan. Its goal, he explained, was first and foremost that of “bringing attention to the difficulties of the migrant workers, often without papers and victims of exploitation at the hand of the employers”. Specifically, the three craftsmen work in the Salesian cooperatives and come respectively from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Mexico. It is a story that well outlines the content and the perspectives of the preparation in the United States for Francis’ arrival. They are waiting for him with anticipation, as it is confirmed by the ten thousand volunteers who have already offered their help in order to ensure Francis’ reception in Philadelphia on the occasion of the world meeting of the families.