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Blessed Miguel Pro - 20th-Century Mexican Martyr

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This is the inspiring story of the famous Father Miguel Pro, who was executed in Mexico in 1927 for the "crime" of being a Catholic priest. This young Jesuit spent most of his short life in the priesthood dodging the Mexican police as he ministered to the underground Church during the Mexican Revolution.

Fr. Pro's quick wit and keen sense of humor were put to good use as he pedaled around Mexico City on his bicycle in various disguises en route to administering the Sacraments, giving spiritual talks or begging food and money for the poor. But behind the disguises beat the heart of a Saint-as the Mexican people testified by turning out in throngs to pay their last respects after his martyrdom. Fr. Pro had offered his life for the Catholic Faith, and his last words on this earth were: "Viva Cristo Rey! "-"Long live Christ the King!"

Blessed Miguel Pro makes history come alive and highlights the dramatic conflict between the Church and her enemies that continues even to this day. Every member of the family will be delighted by this fast-paced, true story of a modern Catholic hero who proclaimed both in life and in death the reign of Christ the King.




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0-89555-542-5
9780895555427
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7"  (17.7 cm) x 4 1/4"  (10.7 cm)
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Bl. Miguel Augustine Pro

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/23


Memorial
    23 November

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    Son of a mining engineer. From childhood he was known for high spirits and cheerfulness, and he grew up in a pious home. Born to privilege, he had great affinity for the poor and working classes. Jesuit novice at 20. Exiled during the Mexican revolution. Ordained in Belgium in 1925 at age 36. Victim of recurring stomach disorder. Returned to Mexico in 1926, a time when churches were closed, priests were in hiding, and persecution of the Church was policy. Father Miguel used disguises to conduct an underground ministry, bringing the comfort of charity and the sacraments to the faithful.

    Falsely accused in 1927 of a bombing attempt, Pro became a wanted man, was betrayed to the police, and without trial, he was sentenced to death. The photograph on this page was taken the day of his martyrdom. As he was about to be shot, he forgave his executioners, refused a blindfold, and died shouting "Love live Christ the King!" The government prohibited a public funeral, but the faithful lined the streets when his body passed.

Born
    13 January 1891 at Zacatecas, Mexico

Died
    martyred by firing squad in 1927

Beatified
    25 September 1988 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized
    pending



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