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  • The miracle in Mexico that confirmed young Jose’s sainthood (Catholic Caucus)

    10/20/2016 3:29:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 20, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    Eight years ago, doctors in Mexico disconnected an infant named Ximena Galvez from life support, convinced that she was brain dead.On Sunday, Ximena was giving Pope Francis a big hug during Mass in St. Peter’s Square.The eight-year-old’s incredible story came into the spotlight as José Sánchez del Río, a martyr of Mexico’s Cristero War, was declared a saint of the Church.Paulina Galvez, Ximena’s mother, is convinced it was through the intercession of St. Jose—affectionately called St. Joselito by Mexicans—that her daughter was spared death. And the Church agrees with her, using the medically-unexplainable healing as a sign from God that...
  • Father Pro: A Mexican Hero

    11/22/2012 7:48:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 2000 | ROBERT ROYAL
    Father Pro: A Mexican HeroROBERT ROYALMiguel Pro and the other Mexican martyrs provided millions of people with inspiration to resist the most anti-Catholic government ever seen in the Americas. On Nov. 22, 1927, a man dressed in street clothes was led through a crowd of photographers and politicians on his way to a firing squad in Mexico City. The photographers were present for this illegal execution — there had been no trial or even formal charges — because the Mexican president, Plutarco Elias Calles, the most rabidly anti-Catholic leader in the world at the time, wanted them to record the...
  • For All the Saints: Christopher Magallanes and Companions, Martyrs (Mexican martyrs)

    05/21/2010 5:50:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 94+ views
    Today the Church commemorates the lives and deaths of 22 parish priests, along with three lay Catholics, who were killed between 1915 and 1937 in Mexico because they professed the Catholic faith. These martyrs were all active members of the Cristeros Movement, which rose up against the Mexican government's persecution of Catholics. The Church has confirmed these men as saints: Pope John Paul II canonized them in 2000. It is humbling to reflect on these men and to wonder whether we would be willing to give our lives for our faith. St. Christopher Magellenes, pictured above, built a seminary...
  • Catholic Caucus: Blessed José Sánchez del Río [From Saint of the Day

    04/15/2014 9:05:52 AM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    AE Saints of the ^ | Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    orn in Sahuayo, Michoacan, 28 March 1913, son of Macario and Maria Sanchez del Rio, Jose Luis was murdered on 10 February 1928, during Mexico's religious persecution known as The Cristero War.The Cristeros were a large group Mexican Catholics leveled against the oppression of the regime of Plutarco Elías Calles. A year before his martyrdom, José Luis had joined the forces' Cristero »General Prudencio Mendoza, nestled in the town of Cotija, Michoacan. The martyrdom was witnessed by two children, one of seven years and the other nine, who later became founders of religious congregations. One of them is the Rev....
  • New Translation Tells 'Forgotten History' of Cristero Uprising

    07/21/2013 9:23:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/21/13 | Kevin J. Jones
    The story of the persecution of Mexican Catholics in the 1920s is being told anew, in an English translation of a book by a scholar of Mexican culture and history. “This was a period of enormous suffering and loss of life, as the government of Mexico in the 1920s sought to all but extinguish the faith that was fervently practiced and loved by the people,” Joseph Cullen, senior communications specialist with the Knights of Columbus, told CNA July 19. “Mexican President Plutarco Calles’ violent crackdown killed many, and many more fled north.” The English-language edition of Jean Meyer’s book “La...
  • Movie on Cristeros War Exposes Mexican Govt.'s Anti-Christian Campaign

    06/10/2012 12:39:05 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 34 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/8/2012 | William F. Jasper
    “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” (“Long Live Christ the King.”) That was the rallying cry for millions of Mexicans during the second and third decades of the 20th century, as revolutionary governments, modeled after the Bolshevik regime in Russia, unleashed round after round of persecution and terror throughout Mexico. For Greater Glory, the newly released epic film starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria, provides a stirring introduction to the “Cristero War,” or “Cristiada” (1926-1929), a heroic chapter of Mexico’s history that, until now, has been almost virtually unknown in the United States (as well as in Mexico, where the government has suppressed...
  • The Cristeros and Us (George Weigel)

    06/11/2012 3:11:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | George Weigel
    Most Americans haven’t the foggiest idea that a quasi-Stalinist, violently anti-Catholic regime once existed on our southern borders. Those who don’t know how bad Mexico was in the late 1920s are about to learn, though: at least those who see For Greater Glory, a recently-released movie about the Cristero War, a passionate (and bloody) defense of Catholicism that’s remembered today, if at all, because of Graham Greene’s novel, The Power and the Glory.There’s been a strange silence about all this for almost a century. Even Catholics aware of the extent of twentieth-century martyrdom seem to have little sense of...
  • Will critics bury For Greater Glory?

    06/01/2012 4:12:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | June 1, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    It’s opening day in the US for a widely-anticipated film that recounts a war of which few have even heard. For Greater Glory has already opened to packed houses and long lines in Mexico for the past month, as many filmgoers connect with a part of their nation’s history that has rarely been discussed. The film stars Andy Garcia as Enrique Gorostieta, an agnostic who took up the cause of religious freedom when the socialist government of President Plutarco Calles (Ruben Blades) tries to suppress the Catholic Church, provoking a civil war (called the Cristiada or Cristero War) that lasted...
  • Viva Cristo Rey!

    05/30/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 30, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    When I first heard "For Greater Glory" (originally titled "Cristiada," which I prefer) was being shot, I was stunned -- and skeptical. It never could be produced by Hollywood. In fact, it wouldn't be a theatrical release, maybe a short documentary, certainly with a small budget. On the former, I was correct; it was made in Mexico. On the latter, I was wrong; it's a full-fledged major motion picture with grade-A talent. And it's wonderful. The cast includes Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole (in a cameo role as a murdered priest, the octogenarian is splendid), Ruben Blades and...
  • Catholics see a rallying cry for ‘religious freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’ film

    05/28/2012 6:51:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-24-12 | Lauren Markoe|
    The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy is loving it. The film, “For Greater Glory,” hits theaters on June 1 and tells a little known chapter of Mexican history — the Cristero War of 1926 to 1929, which pitted an army of devout Catholic rebels (led in the movie by Andy Garcia) against the government of Mexican President Plutarco Calles (played by Ruben Blades). For Catholics enraged by the Obama administration’s proposed contraception mandate, the film about the Mexican church’s fight in 1920s is a heartening and...
  • Film About Mexico's Fight for Religious Freedom Opens in June in US (For Greater Glory)

    04/04/2012 9:20:17 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies
    Zenit ^ | 03/22/2012 | Edward Pentin
    Starring Andy Garcia and Peter O'Toole, "For Greater Glory" is a compelling war film based on the true story of the Cristero War -- a conflict caused by the brutal government crackdown on the Mexican Catholic Church in the 1920s. Released at a time when religious freedom, especially for Catholics, is being attacked in the United States and elsewhere, the picture is also particularly timely. Beautifully shot across the plains of northern and central Mexico and accompanied by a stirring soundtrack by Hollywood composer James Horner, the movie takes the audience through the harrowing violence and suppression of the Church...
  • Freemason Persecution of Catholics in Mexico [Catholic Caucus]

    07/08/2011 7:56:10 PM PDT · by topher · 135 replies · 1+ views
    Various | July 7, 2011 | Various
    Source URL's used/referenced: -- In particular, the heading Cristero War: Anticlerical [Anti-Catholic] legislation enactment -- Painted by a Heavenly Hand In the 1920s and 1930s, the infamous Calles Persecution occurred in Mexico. During this time, Freemasons tried to bomb the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The bomb did go off, but not even the glass was cracked, which was not bullet proof and very thin [supernatural protection, apparently]. A 5 foot brass cross on the altar was not as fortunate. The tremendous force of the blast caused the cross to be curved. Many Roman Catholic priests were martyred...
  • A Patron Saint for the Falsely Accused [Father Miguel Augustin Pro, S.J.]

    11/23/2006 9:36:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies · 1,707+ views
    Catholic ^ | November 23, 2006 | Thomas Craughwell
    Thomas Craughwell   Other Articles by Thomas Craughwell   A Patron Saint for the Falsely Accused November 23, 2006 On the morning of July 31, 1926, for the first time in the 400-year history of Catholic Mexico, no priest mounted the steps of an altar to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. By order of the Mexican bishops, and with the approval of Pope Pius XI, the celebration of Mass, the administration of the sacraments, and the day-to-day cycle of devotional exercises were suspended in every cathedral, church, chapel and shrine throughout the country. It was not an...
  • 'A Great Apostle of Charity'

    02/11/2007 7:51:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 172+ views
    Columbia ^ | February 2007 | Tim S. Hickey
    Father Rafael González, postulator of the cause for sainthood of Bishop Rafael Guízar Valencia of Veracruz, Mexico, was interviewed for the February issue of Columbia. Additional questions and answers not included in the print edition are published here.How did you learn about Bishop Rafael Guízar Valencia?Father González: My family has had a devotion to him for many years, since my childhood. During the persecution, St. Rafael hid in my grandparents’ house. My grandmother would cook for him and all his priests. The last retreat he preached was in my grandparents’ house and there were 40 priests present. Every blessing in...
  • The Origin of the Sacred Heart Badge

    06/23/2006 3:07:09 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 2,836+ views
    America Needs Fatima pamphlet | 2006 | n/a
    Origin of the Sacred Heart Badge Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque "His wish for her to order a picture of the image of that Sacred Heart for people specifically to venerate and have in their homes and also small pictures to carry with them." She wrote this to her Superior, Mother Saumaise, on March 2, 1686. Thus was born the devotion of wearing the little Badges. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque always kept a badge with her and inspired her novices to do the same. She made many badges and often said this practice was very pleasing to...
  • History of the Knights of Columbus Mexican Martyrs (a frightening and unforgettable story)

    07/02/2006 3:48:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 501+ views
    K of C ^ | September 26, 2005
    The 1920s brought a revolution to Mexico, along with the widespread persecution of Catholics. Missionaries were expelled from the country, Catholic seminaries and schools were closed, and the Church was forbidden to own property. Priests and laymen were told to denounce Jesus and their faith in public; if they refused, they faced not just punishment but torture and death. During this time of oppression and cruelty, the Knights of Columbus did not retreat in Mexico but grew dramatically, from 400 members in 1918 to 43 councils and 6,000 members just five years later. In the United States at the time,...
  • Relics of Mexican martyrs displayed in Denver, headed to other cities

    05/12/2006 5:22:49 PM PDT · by AlaninSA · 6 replies · 300+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Friday, May 12, 2006 | Catholic News Service
    DENVER (CNS) -- A journey that began last year in Mexico and will end in Orlando, Fla., in August made Denver its latest stop May 5-7. A silver cross containing relics of six of the 25 Mexican martyrs canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000 has been traveling under the auspices of the Knights of Columbus. Each of the six -- Sts. Pedro de Jesus Maldonado, Luis Batis Sainz, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Mateo Correa Megallanes, Miguel del la Mora de la Mora and Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman -- was a priest and a member of the Knights of Columbus....
  • Revered relics of six men of faith

    05/07/2006 5:56:59 PM PDT · by AlaninSA · 5 replies · 139+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 5/7/06 | Annette Espinoza
    Worshipers on Saturday paid tribute to a reliquary containing the bone fragments of six martyred priests, all Knights of Columbus, who were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000. "We are blessed to have those who were willing to die for our faith," said Dolores Bouis, who attending the showing after Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. The Mexican priests, members of the world's largest lay Catholic organization, were killed for refusing to renounce their faith during the 1920s when a revolution in Mexico brought widespread persecution of Catholics. The priests were Pedro de Jesus...
  • Relics of Priest Martyrs to Begin Pilgrimage of U.S. Cities

    03/14/2006 7:01:21 PM PST · by AlaninSA · 3 replies · 188+ views
    Knights of Columbus Homepage ^ | 3/10/2006 | Knights of Columbus
    The relics of six Knights of Columbus canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000 are beginning a tour of the United States on March 18 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas. The six priests – Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero, Miguel de la Mora de la Mora, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Luis Batiz Sainz, Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán, and Mateo Correa Magallanes – were martyred for their faith by the Mexican government during the religious persecution in Mexico in the1920s. “This pilgrimage seeks to promote knowledge of and devotion to the Knights of Columbus priest...
  • History of the Knights of Columbus Mexican Martyrs

    11/28/2005 6:00:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies · 1,851+ views
    Columbia ^ | 00.26.05
    The 1920s brought a revolution to Mexico, along with the widespread persecution of Catholics. Portrait of the Mexican Martyrs at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. Missionaries were expelled from the country, Catholic seminaries and schools were closed, and the Church was forbidden to own property. Priests and laymen were told to denounce Jesus and their faith in public; if they refused, they faced not just punishment but torture and death.During this time of oppression and cruelty, the Knights of Columbus did not retreat in Mexico but grew dramatically, from 400 members in 1918 to 43 councils...