During the Soviet offensive of 1945, Father Brunon Bludau and his sister sought refuge in the village Zdrój, captured by Soviets, on February 2, 1945. All residents were marched to nearby Lechowo, where Father Bludau was bound and beaten. Transported to Wystruć transit camp, his sister perished. Shipped via cattle car to the Ural mountains, he died in a slave labor gulag, on May 5, 1945.
An "illegal" underground Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 1929, when the Holy Mass and the Sacraments were outlawed and priests became enemies of the State during the Cristero War (1926–29), a civil revolt in Mexico against the anti-Catholic policies of the Mexican government, which enacted, under President Plutarco Elías Calles, a statute to enforce the anti-clerical articles of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, which sought to eliminate the power of the Catholic Church. Countless faithful were martyred and 4,000 priests were martyred in or exiled from Mexico for offering the outlawed holy sacrifice of the Mass.
While on death row waiting to be executed by guillotine, the young Franciszek Blachnicki had a conversion of faith. He survived Auschwitz death camp and World War II to become a Catholic priest.
Later arrested by Soviet Socialists for "spreading false news about the persecution of the Church in Poland,” he served a short sentence and was released. However, he perished, on February 27, 1987, after he was poisoned, it is believed, by Soviet agents.
Arrested by Soviet Socialists after the Red Army captured Olsztyn, being a counterrevolutionary because he was a Catholic priest, Father Paweł Bilitewski was shipped in a cattle car to a gulag in the Ural mountains, where he was forced to slave at clearing the forest. He soon fell ill and perished, on April 5, 1945.
"We live for God, and for Him we die," declared Father Agustín Caloca Cortés, his last words before executed by the firing squad, on May 25, 1927, in Colotlán, Jalisco, Mexico.
The 29-year-old priest was arrested by the anti-Catholic, pro-Socialist government, after he had warned seminarians to flee and hide from the approaching federal soldiers.
Although offered his freedom, he refused unless freedom would also be granted to his fellow prisoner, Father Magallanes Jara, which was denied.
"I am innocent, and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serves toward the peace of our divided Mexico," said Father Cristóbal Magallanes Jara, as he faced his executioners and absolved them before they shot him to death, on May 25, 1927.
During the Cristero War, the Christian uprising against the oppressive anti-clerical, pro-Communist Mexican government that persecuted Catholics, Father Cristóbal Magallanes Jara was arrested on his way to say Mass. For being a priest, he received a death sentence.
Rounded up by the Soviet Socialists, Father Józef Bieniossek was forced to dig his own grave before he and a woman -- who owned the house where he stayed -- were beaten to death with the butts of rifles, January 29, 1945, in Gogolin, Poland. Their bodies were not found until two years later.
Facing the firing squad, in the Cemetery of Bethlehem, Father David Galvan Bermudez refused to be blindfolded and calmly pointed to his chest, where he would be shot, on January 30, 1915, the same day he was arrested for being a priest.
The Mexican government's anti-clerical stance had begun following the dethroning and execution of Emperor Maximillian, in 1867.
After Soviet Socialist Red Army soldiers used axes to break into
the convent of Congregation of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Sister Gabrielis (born Monika von Ballestrem) was hit with the butt of a pistol and then shot. She perished the next day, April 1, 1945.
Standing on the side of the road, Father Luis Batiz Sainz was given the opportunity to save his life.
The pro-Communist, anti-Catholic federal soldiers, armed with guns, told him all he had to do was acknowledge the legitimacy of the virulent anti-Catholic, Mexican government.
The priest refused and was shot on the spot, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 1926, in the desolate mountains of Chalchihuites, Zacatecas.
Here I am," said Salvador Lara Puente when the Mexican federal soldiers arrived to arrest him.
A member of the National League for Defense of Religious Liberty, an organization that defended Catholics against the persecution of Mexico's government during the Cristero War, he was arrested during one of its meetings.
After driven to the mountains, he realized he was going to be executed, and he walked to the spot, praying in a low voice.
Offered his life and his freedom in exchange for his recognition of the legitimacy of the anti-Catholic government, he refused and was shot on the spot, on August 15, 1926.