Pope Pius XI Praised Mexico’s Martyrs

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 21, 2017   

"These young men and boys have gladly met death, the Rosary in their hands"

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Two years after Mexico's masonic president began persecuting the country's Catholic population, Pope Pius XI spoke up on their behalf.

In his 1926 encyclical Iniquis Afflictisque, Pius XI lauded those who resisted the persecution:

We can scarcely keep back our tears, some of these young men and boys have gladly met death, the Rosary in their hands and the name of Christ King on their lips. Young girls, too, who were imprisoned were criminally outraged, and these acts were deliberately made public in order to intimidate other young women and to cause them the more easily to fail in their duty toward the Church.


President Plutarco Elias Calles, who began persecuting Catholics in 1924, was a 33rd degree Freemason. In his encyclical, Pius XI relates this persecution of Catholics back to the masonically inspired French Revolution:

Last month on the occasion of the beatification of many martyrs of the French Revolution, spontaneously the Catholics of Mexico came to our thoughts, for they, like those martyrs, have remained firm in their resolution to resist in all patience the unreasonable behests and commands of their persecutors ... Marvelous indeed is the glory of the Divine Spouse of Christ, who through the course of the centuries can depend without fail upon a brave and generous offspring ever ready to suffer prisons, stripes and even death itself for the holy liberty of the Church!

Watch the panel discuss the persecution of the Cristeros in The Download—Mexican Saints.


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