Daniel Shoer Roth

Daniel Shoer Roth is a columnist at El Nuevo Herald, where he has worked since 1999. He writes about the lives and issues that affect South Floridians but don't get enough public attention. View From El Nuevo Herald is his weekly column in The Miami Herald. Shoer Roth was born in Caracas, Venezuela, the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He has won several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalist, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

Last year, he published a bilingual book Punto de Partida: Stories of Truth and Hope with the Human Services Coalition, aiming to inspire readers to take action to improve their communities.

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The bishop’s ring

The ring of Bishop Agustín Román.

One evening two years ago, Bishop Agustín Román limited his supper to a handful of grapes. Urged by Father Fabio Arango to eat a healthy diet he answered that he felt no appetite. As was his custom, he helped his fellow priest wash and dry the dishes at the rectory. Then it was time for him to teach the evening catechism classes at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, a routine that he had carried out with apostolic zeal since 1968.