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Priests, Martyrs, Knights

May 21 is feast day of Mexican martyrs

Only a few decades ago, in a country known for its Catholic character, the public celebration of Mass was banned and bishops, priests and laypersons were exiled or executed. The place was Mexico, the land of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where the anti-Catholic, anti-clerical laws of President Calles curtailed the Church’s worship and witness, and led to the death of thousands and the oppression of millions.

Among those killed for their adherence and witness to the Catholic faith were six priests who were members of the Knights of Columbus. They were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000, and mark their feast day on May 21, along with other Mexicans who died for their faith.

Find out more about these priests’ holy lives and heroic deaths on the Knights of Columbus website.

For a dramatic rendering of one saint’s story, visit the Holy Heroes website, which offers a range of media and educational resources for Catholic families.