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Monday, November 23, 2015

History Repeats Itself

Remember the story about the priest killed in Mexico (see the post, "Will The Last Sane Person to Leave Mexico Please Turn Off the Lights?" ? This is old news in Mexico. Here's the video story of Blessed Miguel Pro, who is honored today in the Church calendar.

 From the Knights of Columbus website:

The 1920s brought a revolution to Mexico, along with the widespread persecution of Catholics.
Missionaries were expelled from the country, Catholic seminaries and schools were closed, and the Church was forbidden to own property. Priests and laymen were told to denounce Jesus and their faith in public; if they refused, they faced not just punishment but torture and death.
During this time of oppression and cruelty, the Knights of Columbus did not retreat in Mexico but grew dramatically, from 400 members in 1918 to 43 councils and 6,000 members just five years later. In the United States at the time, the Knights handed out five million pamphlets that described the brutality of the Mexican government toward Catholics. As a result, the Mexican government greatly feared and eventually outlawed the Order.