Today, November 23, is the Memorial of the passing of Padre Miguel Agustin Pro into Eternal Life at the orders of President Plutarco Elias Calles. The firing squad bungled their job, and a soldier shot Padre Pro in the head at point blank range. This happened during the Cristiada in Mexico. This has been memorialized in books such as Grahame Greene’s The Power and The Glory and the film “For Greater Glory”, which relates many of the events of that war.
The USA didn’t do much about the persecution because it wanted to keep Mexican petroleum flowing north.
Plutarco Calles had pictures taken in the belief it would discourage the Cristeros.
Instead, 40,000 people showed up for the funeral.
Padre Pro prays before his death.
Padre Pro faces the firing squad with no blindfold, but with a crucifix in one hand and a rosary in the other.
Padre Pro died with his arms outstretched shouting, “Long Live Christ the King”.
At point blank range.
Viva Cristo Rey.