“Long live Christ the King!” The last words of Father Miguel Pro, S.J. before being executed by firing squad for his faith.
One day after the Feast of Christ the King Catholics celebrate today the Memorial of Blessed Miguel Pro, Jesuit priest and Christian martyr, executed November 23, 1927, on the orders of Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles. Falsely accused and convicted without trial, his crime was his refusal to submit to the laws outlawing the practice of his Catholic faith.
A master of disguise, the photograph above shows him disguised as a mechanic, his attire for a conference with cab and bus drivers.
The president’s desire to make a spectacle of his execution has given us a treasure of photographs from that day. Below Fr. Pro walks towards his execution. Center, he prays before his execution. At bottom, barely moments before the executioners’ bullets hit.