"Courage, my brothers, remember the cause we stand for!" cried Nicolas Navarro, who was beaten in the face to break his teeth, stabbed with a sword, and then shot.
"Yes, I die for Christ, who never dies! Viva Cristo Rey!" were his last words.
The six Martyrs of Leon were executed, on January 3, 1927, for remaining faithful to the Catholic Church during a time of great persecution in Mexico, when the anti-Catholic, pro-Communist government outlawed Catholicism, sparking an uprising, the Cristero War.
Martyrs of Leon: Jose Valencia Gallardo, Salvador Vargas, Nicolas Navarro, Ezequiel Gomez, Agustin Rio and Jose Gasca.