I attended a Jesuit middle School in Europe in the early 50’s and we studied the terror that took place in Mexico in the 30’s.
We learned about Padre Pro, a Jesuit, who was executed together with his brother. Photos of their execution are well known. They both shouted ‘Viva Christo Rey!’ as the executioners pulled the triggers. While they were dying, they were shot in the head at close range.
It was also about that time that the Spanish Civil War took place — Franco against the Bolsheviks. There were many Americans who fought on the Bolsheviks’ side and the nazis send their Luftwaffe to support Franco.
And after Franco took all that military aid from Hitler & Mussolini, he kept Spain out of the Axis and out of WWII except for the token “Blue Division”. Three years of civil war was enough.
The Loyalists on the other hand allowed the entire Spanish gold reserves to be transferred to the Soviet Union. BTW, when the Reds had run out of priests & nuns to murder, they desecrated the graves of those religious who had already passed to their reward.