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Pope Beatifies 25 Mexicans Who Died in Anti-Catholic Persecution

November 23, 1992

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope John Paul II has beatified 25 Mexicans killed fighting government persecution of the church after the Mexican revolution.

Attending Sunday’s ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica was a Mexican delegation, the first to visit since the revolution began eight decades ago.

Though overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, Mexico only re-established relations with the Holy See in September.

The pope beatified 22 priests and three lay workers who died between 1915 and 1937. The Mexican constitution following the revolution included bans on the church, which led to the persecution of priests.

Beatification is the last step before possible sainthood.

″During the difficulties that the church experienced in Mexico, these martyrs remained faithful to God, to their communities and to the long Catholic tradition of the Mexican people,″ said John Paul.

Here is a list of those beatified:

PRIESTS:

Cristobal Magallanes Jara

Roman Adame Rosales

Rodrigo Aguilar Aleman

Julio Alvarez Mendoza

Luis Batis Sainz

Agustin Caloca Cortes

Mateo Correa Magallanes

Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero

Jesus Mendez Montoya

Atilano Cruz Alvarado

Miguel de la Mora de la Mora

Pedro Esqueda Ramirez

Margarito Flores Garcia

Jose Isabel Flores Varela

David Galvan Bermudez

Jose Maria Robles Hurtado

Toribio Romo Gonzalez

Jenaro Sanchez Delgadillo

Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles

David Uribe Velasco

Justino Orona Madrigal

Sabas Reyes Salazar

LAY PEOPLE:

Salvador Lara Puente

David Roldan Lara

Manuel Morales

NUN:

Sister Maria di Gesu Sacramentato Venegas

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