Friday, February 17, 2012

Cigar-Smoking Martyr and Saint

The Mexican Jesuit priest, Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (1891-1927) was executed under the presidency of the rabidly anti-Catholic presidency of Plutarco Elías Calles. It was a level of prosecution rarely seen, one described by Graham Greene as the "fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth." On September 25, 1988, Blessed Miguel Pro was beatified as a Catholic martyr. He is well known for his courage during his execution (without trial) on November 23, 1927, where he boldly proclaimed, "¡Viva Cristo Rey!" Long Live Christ the King!

Blessed Miguel Pro, Disguised, Smoking a Cigar
in front of Presidential Palace

One of the interesting little quirks of this martyr was his delight in using disguises to avoid conflict with the anti-Christian authorities. In one instance, he was bold enough to take a picture incognito in front of the palace of Plutarco Elías Calles in a three-piece suit and his panama straw boater hat, smoking a cigar.

¡Viva Cristo Rey!

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