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St. Cristobal and his twenty-four companions lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico. The government was determined to weaken the Catholic faith of the people of Mexico. All the Catholic churches, schools, and seminaries were closed. All foreign clergy were forced to leave Mexico. St. Cristobal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jolisco. During the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-1928) St. Cristobal and his other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics. St. Cristobal, twenty-two diocesan priests, and three laymen were all martyrs. The three laymen, David, Manuel, and Salvador, died with their parish priest. They all belonged to the Cristero movement, pledging their allegiance to Christ and to the Church that he established to spread the Good News. They were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.
FEAST DAY: May 21