Arrested by German Socialists (Nazis), Father Piotr Zakryś and 29 fellow priests were taken to the Szpęgawski Forest where they were ordered into a death pit, four at a time. The first had to lie down with their hands on their foreheads or on the ground. The next were forced to lie down on the bloodied bodies of their confreres. Each shot in the back of the neck at the base of the head, October 16, 1939.
Mexican soldiers flayed the skin from the soles of Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio’s feet, while he shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!”
Forced to walk barefoot to the cemetery, the 14-year-old Cristero was sliced with a machete, as the Federales for the Socialist regime said, “If you shout ‘Death to Christ the King,’ we will spare your life,” to which he responded, “I will never give in. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!”
At the cemetery, before a freshly dug grave, soldiers stabbed him with bayonets. After each stab, he shouted, “Viva Cristo Rey!” before he was shot in the head and then fell in the open grave, February 10, 1928.
Arrested by German Socialists, Father Stanisław Zaborowicz was tortured in an effort to extract information from him about the fine art - including a Peter Paul Rubens - that he had hidden. He revealed nothing. Eventually shipped to Sterling prison in Łódź, he was murdered, March 20, 1942, with about 100 ethnic Poles, in one of the largest public executions in then-called Warthegau.
Arrested and jailed for taking Viaticum to a bedridden parishioner, Father Mateo Correa Magallanes was ordered to Confess some prisoners, and then reveal to the Socialist authorities what had been confessed, or he would be killed.
"You can do it, but do not ignore that a priest must keep the secret of the confession. I am ready to die.”
Continuing to refuse to break the seal of Confession, he was escorted to the cemetery in the outskirts of Durango and shot through the head, at dawn on February 6, 1927.
Arrested by German Socialists for remaining faithful to the Pope and the Church, Father Stanisław Witold Zuske was shipped to Dachau, where he was tortured during inhuman medical experiments until he was transported to Hartheim Euthanasia Center, where he was executed in the gas chamber, August 12, 1942.
After saying a prayer in the home of the Agraz family, who hid him from the Mexican Socialists, Father José María Robles Hurtado was arrested and sentenced to be hanged.
Led to an oak tree, he forgave the men for what they were about to do, took the noose into his own hands, said, "Don't dirty your hands," to the man who brought it, kissed it, and placed it around his own neck, June 26, 1927.
In direct violation of the existing anti-Catholic laws of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, an estimated 40,000 Roman Catholics made their way to the ceremony celebrating Christ as the King of the nation of Mexico, in 1923, atop the summit of Cerro del Cubilete, the approximate geographic center of Mexico, near Silao, in the state of Guanajuato.
After the great victory of the Cristeros over the Federales, in the famous Battle of San Julian, the humiliated Mexican regime took revenge.
Days after the defeat of the federal soldiers, General Joaquin “The Indian” Amaro Dominguez marched his troops into San Julian, arrested Father Julio Alvarez Mendoza and executed him on March 30, 1927.
Today is the 79th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, when the Polish underground fought to liberate the city from its occupiers: German Socialists.
It was led by the Polish resistance Home Army, from August 1, to October 2, 1944, during World War II.
And amidst all the violence the constant threat of death, the very Catholic operation saw many Catholic weddings.
"Here is the priest! kill him!" shouted one soldier after Socialist Mexican government troops broke into the bedroom where Father Toribio Romo González slept, at 5 in the morning, February 25, 1928.
"Here I am, but do not kill me," he said.
One soldier fired, and the priest rose from his bed and took a few steps until a second bullet caused him to fall into the arms of his sister, who cried out, "Courage, Padre Toribio...merciful Christ, receive him! Long live Christ the King!"
Juan Tirado Arias was executed, standing among the bodies of Luis Segura Vilchis and brothers, Humberto Pro and Jesuit priest Father Miguel Pro, ordered under the Mexican presidency of Plutarco Elías Calles, on November 23, 1927, during La Cristiada, the Cristero War, during the anti-Catholic persecution of the Church.