Skip to comments.Mexican "Cristeros" Martyrs Beatified
Posted on 11/21/2005 9:43:55 AM PST by marshmallow
Guadalajara, Nov. 21 (CWNews.com) - Cardinal José Saraiva Martins presided at the beatification of 13 Mexican martyrs of the 20th century, in ceremonies held in a soccer stadium in Guadalajara on November 20.
The martyrs-- 3 priests and 10 laymen-- were members of the Cristeros movement, which rose up in the late 1920s to defy the anti-religious strictures of the Mexican regime. They join a growing list of 20th-century Mexicans recognized by the Church, including the 25 martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul II (bio - news) during his trip to Mexico in 2000.
In a message relayed to the Gaudalajara congregation by satelitte, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) said that it was appropriate to hold the beatification ceremonies on the feast of Christ the King; many of the Cristeros martyrs shouted "Viva Cristo Rey!" as they faced their executioners.
The Pope made a point of naming the martyrs recognized on Sunday: Anacleto Gonzalez Flores and seven companions, José Trinidad Rangel, Andres Sola Molist, Leonardo Perez, Dario Acosta Zurita, and José Sanchez del Rio, who died at the age of 14.
God calls each one of us to be a saint.
November 23, 2006
Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro
¡Viva Cristo Rey! (Long live Christ the King) were the last words Father Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock.
Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, he entered the Jesuits in 1911 but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925.
He immediately returned to Mexico, where he served a Church forced to go underground. He celebrated the Eucharist clandestinely and ministered the other sacraments to small groups of Catholics.
He and his brother Roberto were arrested on trumped-up charges of attempting to assassinate Mexicos president. Roberto was spared but Miguel was sentenced to face a firing squad on November 23, 1927. His funeral became a public demonstration of faith. He was beatified in 1988.
BTTT on the Optional Memorial of Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, November 23, 2007!
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