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Viva Cristo Rey!
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 Michael Gutierrez, whose very special father, David Gutierrez Polomino, a teenage witness at the time of the Mexican Cristero War, had told him.
VIVA CRISTO REY!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.