Annual Argentine pilgrimage to patron saint of jobs draws thousands as country struggles

An annual pilgrimage in Argentina to the shrine of the patron saint of work has drawn thousands of Roman Catholics as the country faces difficult economic times.

Thousands of people waited to pray and give thanks Thursday at the Roman Catholic Church of San Cayetano in the capital of Buenos Aires. Many clutched stalks of wheat adorned with images of Saint Cayetano, a 16th century Italian priest who is also considered the patron saint of wheat and prosperity.

Parish priest Jorge Torres said the annual pilgrimage resonates with people in Argentina because of the tough times many have experienced in recent years.

Argentina was forced into default last week by a legal dispute with U.S. investors. That has created uncertainty for an economy already in recession