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.
Manuel Moralez, president of the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty in Mexico during the Cristero War, was arrested a few days after a League meeting, during which he said, "The league should be peaceful and not interfere in political affairs. Our project is to implore the government to remove the articles of the Constitution that prevent religious freedom." Imprisoned in the town hall, he was beaten and tortured, until August 15, 1926, when soldiers removed him from his cell and drove him to the mountains near Chalchihuites.
Accused of conspiring to revolt against the government, he was brought forward with another who begged for Moralez's freedom, because he had children to support. Moralez said, "I am dying for God, and God will care for my children." And before his execution by firing squad, he hollered, "Long live Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe!"
From the #AngelicDoctor...
"If there be anything which derives its nature from a defective cause, which can be the cause of a defective action, it can in the first instant of its existence have a defective operation; just as the leg, which is defective from birth, through a defect in the principle of generation, begins at once to limp."
-- #SaintThomasAquinas (1225-74)
An active member of Catholic Action David Roldán Lara was arrested, accused of conspiring to revolt against the government, beaten and tortured during the Cristero War during the persecution of the Catholic Church by the Mexican government.
Days later, at noon, on August 15, 1926, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he was taken to a remote spot in the mountains and executed by a firing squad, after he shouted, "Long live Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe!"
After the ignition of World War II, Father Piotr Andrejczuk was arrested by Soviet Socialists and shipped to Drohobych prison (with Father Zeno Alexander Krupski and others), where he was brutally interrogated and tortured. After a show trial by a military tribune, he was executed during a Soviet murder spree of prisoners, in June 1941.
In defense of the Faith, clergy, religious and laity, many priests joined the fight during the persecution of the Catholic Church by the Mexican government, which caused the Cristero War.
One priest was Padre Miguel Pérez Aldape, a regimental chaplain, who defended the Holy Cause with his crucifx, a saddlebag with his vestment stole, and a 30-30 rifle.
In the December 1928 photo are (L to R): Colonel Victor Lopez, General Miguel Hernandez, Colonel Toribio Valdez, Padre Miguel Perez Aldape, and Lieutenant Teniente Eulogio Gonzalez.
Defending the Faith, Lieutenant Gonzalez was a sharpshooting sniper, an honorable man who humbly admitted that he shot more than 100 Federal soldiers, but much regretted leaving many families without a father, son, brother, husband.
He married Maria Hernandez de Mendoza, cousin of General Miguel Hernandez.
The lieutenant and his wife are the grandparents of #BobParr.
Arrested by the Soviet Socialists during the September 1939 campaign, Father Antoni Aleksandrowicz, a military chaplain, was housed in Starobielsk POW camp, until Christmas Eve 1939, when he was shipped to Butyrki prison in Moscow. In the spring of 1940, he was transferred to Kozielsk concentration camp where was held in isolation in a special tower, until he was sent to Katyń mass murder site and brutally executed, April 13, 1940.
Before Padre Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles was executed, the general called one of the youngest soldiers to kill the priest. With trembling hands, the soldier held the shotgun pointed at the head of the priest and suddenly dropped it and started crying, saying over and over again, "l can not kill this man."
"If you don't do it, you are going to die along with him," the general threatened, on October 5, 1928.
"Let it be it, then," answered the soldier.
"But before you die, just tell me what is the reason why you would not kill this man."
The young soldier answered, "Sir l cannot shoot this man, because he is my godfather and is the one who gave me the Sacrament of Baptism and the one who gave me my First Communion."
And with that, the soldier was shot in the same spot, screaming, "Viva Cristo Rey! Viva Cristo Rey!"
As told by #MichaelGutierrez, whose very special father, David Gutierrez Polomino, a teenage witness at the time of the Mexican Cristero War, had told him.
After the start of the Soviet occupation of Poland, Father Bogdan Agopsowicz, an Armenian Catholic, joined the underground resistance, helping Polish soldiers cross over Polish–Romanian border finding support from Armenian families near his native Kuty city, before he, himself, was fatally shot by Soviet Socialist Red Army soldiers as he attempted to swim across Czeremosz river near city Kuty and cross over to Romania, in May 1940.
As Father José María Robles Hurtado prepared to offer Mass, anti-Catholic, pro-Communist Mexican soldiers arrested him and dragged him to a barracks. At midnight, he was tied and forced to walk to Sierra de Quila, where at the highest point, soldiers stopped at a leafy oak tree.
Understanding he was to be hanged, the priest took the rope in his hands, blessed it and threw it around his neck, before the soldiers executed him, in the early morning hours of June 26, 1927.