The Martyrdom
of Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J.




A picture is worth a thousand words. One of the things that brought the attention of the world to the anti-Catholic persecutions in Mexico was the distribution of the photographs of some of the executions.

Una imagen vale más que mil palabras. Una de las cosas que atrajo la atención del mundo a la persecución anticatólica en México fue la distribución de fotografías de algunas de las ejecuciones.

In Father Pro's case, Plutarco Calles wanted the execution to be a "big show" and had instructed his underlings to invite representatives from all the government secretariats, the press, and photographers. His intention was to show the Catholics as groveling cowards. Instead, the photos spoke eloquently of their heroism. After the execution, an attempt was made to recall the photographs, and possession of them became a crime. But the damage had been done -- the world had seen. Today these photos bear mute testimony to the bravery of this martyr for Christ the King.

En el caso del Padre Pro, Plutarco Calles quería que la ejecución fuera un "gran show" y dio instrucciones a sus subordinados para que invitaran a representantes de todos los secretariados del gobierno, a la prensa y a los fotógrafos. Su intención era mostrar a los católicos como viles cobardes. Todo lo contrario: las fotos hablan elocuentemente de su heroísmo. Después de la ejecución, hizo un intento de reunir las fotografías, y el poseerlas se convirtió en delito. Pero la cosa ya estaba hecha, y el mundo las vio. Hoy esas fotos son mudos testimonios de la valentía de este mártir de Cristo Rey.



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