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    The Knights of Columbus
    Mexican Martyrs

    Shrine in Guadalajara Honors the Mexican Martyrs

    Atop Guadalajara’s Cerro del Tesoro (“Treasure Hill”) sits the Sanctuary of the Martyrs of Christ the King, a massive monument dedicated to those who were killed during the 1920s persecution of Catholics by the Mexican government. It is the first site to permanently house relics of all the canonized and beatified Mexican martyrs. Among them are nine Knights of Columbus, including six priest-martyrs whose feast is celebrated May 21. Construction on the shrine began in 2007; though the work is not finished yet, it has already become an important place of pilgrimage for the Knights and other Catholic faithful in Mexico.

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    The Knights of Columbus Mexican Martyrs

    ST. LUIS BATIS SÁINZ

    St. Luis Batis died with three laymen before a firing squad.

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    ST. RODRIGO AGUILAR ALEMÁN

    St. Rodrigo Aguilar was hanged as he declared his faith in Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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    ST. MIGUEL DE LA MORA DE LA MORA

    St. Miguel de la Mora prayed the rosary as he was shot within sight of his brother.

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    ST. PEDRO DE JESÚS MALDONADO LUCERO

    St. Pedro de Jesús Maldonado died after he was so savagely beaten that one eye was forced from its socket.

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    ST. JOSÉ MARÍA ROBLES HURTADO

    St. José Maria Robles was led to an oak, “roble” in Spanish, a word used for one who is a “pillar of strength.”

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    ST. MATEO CORREA MAGALLANES

    St. Mateo Correa was executed for refusing violate the seal of confession.

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    HISTORY AND LEGACY OF THE CRISTEROS WAR

    THE VOICE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM KNOWS NO BORDER

    The Knights of Columbus played an important role in educating the American public and motivating the U.S. government to be a voice for peace and religious freedom in Mexico.

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    Saints of Service

    These saints and blesseds of the Knights of Columbus are models for the Columbian virtues of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

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    THE UNTOLD STORY OF KNIGHTS DURING THE CRISTADA

    During the religious persecution in Mexico, the Knights of Columbus became a symbol of all things Catholic: a hopeful sign to Mexican Catholics.

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    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A MARTYR

    During his travel to Mexico, a retired priest reflects on the life and martyrdom of a Knights of Columbus martyr.

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    BLESSED BY THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS

    A new shrine in Guadalajara draws Knights and other pilgrims to venerate the Mexican martyrs.

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    FOR GREATER GLORY

    MARTYRDOM OF K OF C SAINT FEATURED IN MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

    The martyrdom of one Knights of Columbus priest in 1927 is depicted in the film For Greater Glory.

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    'FREEDOM IS OUR LIVES'

    Actor Andy Garcia sits astride a black horse amid acres of scrub brush beneath a blue sky in Durango, Mexico.

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    Behind the scenes of For Greater Glory

    This 30 minute documentary explores the untold story of the Cristero revolt against the repressive government of Mexican President Plutarco Calles in the 1920's.

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