Earlier this month, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast cancelled the visit of a Mexican priest named Fr. Luis Arriaga, who is the head of an organization called the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights. The reason for the cancellation, according to the Archbishop, was “the Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico.” The Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights is funded by Development and Peace.
So who’s this Miguel Pro character?
First off, his name is actually Father Miguel Pro. He was a Catholic priest, a Jesuit.
Secundo, it’s Blessed Miguel Pro. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988.
Third, he’s a martyr.
He lived in turbulent times during the Mexican Revolution. The Church was severely persecuted, as the government was seeking to abolish Catholicism in Mexico. After becoming a priest, Blessed Miguel Pro showed heroic faith and courage by secretly bringing the sacraments to Mexican peasants, sometimes wearing disguises to avoid detection by the authorities.
He was eventually arrested and executed in 1927 for a crime he didn’t commit and without a trial. Before being killed by the firing squad, he forgave his executioners and cried out “Long live Christ the King!” (Viva Cristo Rey!).
His feast day is November 23, the day he died and was born into eternal life.
What an awesome man! Martyred for the Faith at the age of 36! A great model for our age. I don’t suppose he’s too thrilled with the abortion ties of the Centre that bears his name.
Watch the video below to learn more and see pictures of Blessed Miguel Pro. You can read more here.
Blessed Miguel Pro, pray for us! Pray for the clergy! Pray for Development and Peace!