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Online exhibition: The Cristeros


1 - 14th June, 1926: the Cristiada became when the President Presidente Plutarco Elías Calles, with the "Calles law", limited still more the religious freedom.
2 - May, 1926: The Mexican Catholics organize the economic boycott of luxury products and of the entire national sector.
3 - May, 1926: with the economic boycott in just a few days, seven million Pesos were withdrawn from the State Bank: in Mexico, 15 of 20 theaters had to close their doors, as well as the three national theaters.
4 - July 24, 1926: The Episcopate has just decreed the suspension of public worship in all of Mexico. This measure, unheard of in the history of the universal Church, served to elicit the reaction of July 31.
5 - From July 24 -31 1926, day and night, huge lines formed at church doors, as here in front of the Cathedral of Mexico. Hundreds of thousands of confessions, thousands of baptisms and marriages administered here.
6 - Before going off to their fate, weeping, all of the faithful called for Benediction of the Holy Sacrament.
7 - Suspension of catholic cult. The poster of the shrine announces: IT IS NOT HERE.
8- The Cristeros bigin to defend their church.
9 - A banner of the Cristeros army.
10 - The "Virgin of Guadalupe" as symbol of the Cristeros army.
11 - Cristeros flaming Mexican flag with "Our Lady of Guadalupe".
12 - Cristeros with the "Virgin of Guadalupe".
13 - The Cristeros lacked money, munitions, explosives, food, first aid, information - so the girls set about to get them all that.
14 - Young cristeros, in the village of Morelia.
15 - Cristeros soldiers of the Valparaiso regiment with their families.
16 - One entire family armed in defense of the own faith.
17 - At the end of a Mass celebrated in thanksgiving for the deliverance of a village from the enemy, the Cristeros present arms to the Blessed Sacrament.
18 - Cristeros preparing a campaign Mass.
19 - Cristeros during a Corpus Christi procession.
20 - A Cristeros regiment attending Mass.
21 - Cristeros attending a field mass.
22 - Cristeros attending a field mass.
23 - Cristeros attending a field mass.
24 - Cristero wearing crucifixes.
25 - General Enrique Gorostieta wearing crucifix.
26 - A group of cristeros leaders flaming Mexican flag with the "Virgin of Guadalupe".
27 - Federal attack to the cristeros.
28 - The body of P. Sedano in public exposure.
29 - Cristeros executed: J. Trinidad Jimenez and Rodriguez.
30 - Cristeros executed hung to a tree.
31 - As a warning to others, the Federales hung Cristeros all along railway tracks.
32 - Shooting of Father Francisco Vera. He was guilty of saying a pubblic Mass.
33 - Jesuit priest Miguel Pro, the last prayers before before being shot
34 - Jesuit priest Miguel Pro, executed by firing squad, 23rd November 1927.
35 - Jesuit priest Miguel Pro, the rifle's fire.
36 - March 1929. Between battles with the Federales, the Valparaiso regiment attends the Mass of the Military Chaplain.
37 - President Plutarco Elias Calles (on the right) returning from a tour of the Mexican states, which he visited in a covered wagon. The American amabassador, Dwight W. Morrow (middle), the key man in the triple-sided Rome-Washington-Mexico accords, never retreated one step until the deadly June 21,1929 "Arreglos" (the Accord) were signed.
38 - One of the Federal army's "defanaticizers" in action. Scenes like this continued to occur long after the "Arreglos" (the Accord) of 1929, which was supposed to restore religious liberty to the Catholics of Mexico.
39 - An army of martyrs.
40 - Prayers to the martyrs.

41 - After years the Pope has beatified tens of martyrs.


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