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Saint of the Day May 21: St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara

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St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara
Feast Day: May 21

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St. Cristobal Magallanes Jara (CNS)

This Mexican saint shares his feast with 21 other priests and three laymen martyred between 1915 and 1937, when Mexican authorities persecuted the Catholic Church. Many of these Cristero martyrs, canonized in 2000, were tortured and executed when apprehended. Father Magallanes, a zealous pastor in his home state of Jalisco, also did mission work among the indigenous Huicholes. Before they were shot, he said to his priest-companion, “Be at peace, my son; it takes but one moment, then it will be heaven.”