Cristeros killed, executed by the firing squad for their Catholic Faith.
During the pro-Communist, anti-Catholic Mexican government persecution of the Church, countless faithful were martyred and 4,000 priests were martyred or exiled from Mexico for offering the outlawed holy sacrifice of the Mass.
Photo: "Shot by General A. Lopez in Trancoso, Zacatecas, 6-7-27"
WITOLD PILECKI: A VOLUNTEER FOR AUSCHWITZ
Daughter and nephew are among those interviewed about Poland's greatest World War II hero, a Catholic, Witold Pilecki.
General Manuel Reyes joined the Cristera War, in 1927, during the anti-Catholic persecution in pro-Communist, anti-Christian Mexico, when Catholicism was outlawed and countless Catholics were killed. Not long after, he was taken prisoner, in Toluca, and shot by a firing squad, on August 21, 1927.
During the Cristero War, on July 25, 1931, at 6: 10 p.m., soldiers entered the Parish of the Assumption Catholic Church, in Veracruz, and opened fire on the priests. Father Ángel Darío Acosta Zurita had just stepped out of the baptistry when he was hit by the bullets, having only the time to cry out "Jesus!"
Active in the Catholic Association of Mexican Youth and the nocturnal adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Luis Magaña Servin was arrested for his Catholic activities during the Cristero War. Before his execution, at 3 in the afternoon of February 9, 1928, he shouted: "Long live Christ the King and Santa Maria de Guadalupe!"
Salvador Huerta Gutiérrez was arrested on April 2, 1927, after he went to the cemetery to pay respects to the the remains of Anacleto González, a well-known Catholic leader martyred during the period of Catholic persecution in Mexico.
When he returned to his mechanical workshop, police officers were waiting for him. They arrested him and then tortured him by hanging him by his thumbs. His torturers wanted to know the whereabouts of two priests: Eduardo and José Refugio.
Lifeless, they threw him in a dungeon. In the early hours of April 3, he was led, along with his brother Ezequiel, to the Mezquitan pantheon.
Before the firing squad, he asked for a lighted candle, illuminated his bare chest and said: "Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe. Shoot! I die for God, who I love very much!"
--- From Vatican.va
ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH (1970)
BASED ON ALEKSSANDR SOLZHENITSYN'S LIFE IN SOCIALIST SOVIET GULAGS.
José Luciano Ezequiel Huerta Gutiérrez, married with 10 children, was arrested on the morning of April 2, 1927, after paying his respects to the lifeless body of Anacleto González Flores.
Questioned about the whereabouts of his two priest brothers, about his two oldest sons and the Cristeros, Ezequiel refused to talk, so he was tortured until he was unconscious.
When he regained consciousness, he expressed his pain by singing with all his might: "My Christ lives, my King lives," for which he received more beatings until he could not utter a single sound.
The following morning, he was led at dawn with his brother Salvador Huerta Gutiérrez to the cemetery of Mezquitán, where they were both killed.
Ezequiel's wife heard the shots from her home and although she did not know that her husband was one of the victims, she gathered their children around her and said: "My children, let us recite the Rosary for these poor people who have just been shot."
--- From Vatican.va
“Bolshevik Freedom,” Polish poster of Leon Trotsky.
“Bolsheviks promised, ‘We will give you room. We will give you freedom. We will give you land, work and bread.’ Abjectly, they unleashed war against Poland. Instead of freedom, they gave fists. Instead of land, requisitions. Instead of work, misery. Instead of bread, hunger."
On the morning of April 1, 1927 the Mexican Socialist secret police shouted: "Open the door in the name of the law!" and then stormed in and arrested everyone, including two brothers, Jorge and Ramón Vargas González, who were interrogated and tortured. Led to the execution site, they recited the Act of Contrition, and before they were shot to death, Ramón made the Sign of the Cross and Jorge held a crucifix against his chest.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quote:
“You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the ‘Russian Revolution.’ It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators.”
Federales - henchmen of the revolutionary, pro-Communist Mexican government - dragged a barefoot Father Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero to the town hall, on February 10, 1937. His torturers grabbed his pyx, shoved all Hosts in his mouth and ordered him to eat, before he was beaten and then shot, which fractured his skull and caused his left eye to explode.
Federal soldiers of the Revolutionary, pro-Communist Mexican government found Father Jesús Mendez Montoya, who rescued the consecrated hosts by consuming the Blessed Sacrament. Turning to one of his sisters, he said, "It is God's will. Let his will be done," seconds before soldiers escorted him outside the church and executed him with three shots, on February 5, 1928.