St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions, martyrs
Today we honor St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs.
Christopher and his twenty-four companion martyrs were members of the Cristero movement, a response to anti-Catholic government in Mexico in the 1920s. The government was determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Under the Cristero movement, members pledged their allegiance to Christ and to the church that he established to spread the Good News in society—even if Mexico’s leaders had made it a crime to receive baptism or celebrate the Mass.
Christopher’s last words were: “I am innocent and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serve the peace of our divided Mexico”.
These martyrs were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.
A major motion picture will be released soon, which depicts the story of these martyrs. It is entitled “For Greater Glory.”