22 Nov 21 – Viva Cristo Rey! Long Live Christ the King


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Today’s Topics:
The initiation and meaning of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
1) The Catechism of the Catholic Church #668 states, “Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history”
2) In the midst of the rise of Socialism and Communism in the world, Pius XI’s Papal Encyclical, “Quas Primas,” established the Feast of Christ the King in 1925
https://www.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_11121925_quas-primas.html
3) The following year, in 1926, Pope Pius XI recognizes the Knights of Columbus for their efforts in defending the Catholic faith in Mexico during the time of persecution of the Church by the Mexican government
https://www.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_18111926_iniquis-afflictisque.html
4) The Knights of Columbus have within their ranks six priests who were martyred by the Mexican government in the 1920’s and 1930’s
http://www.kofc.org/un/en/resources/communications/martyrs_booklet.pdf
There is a story in the Columbian Magazine of a Brother Knight killed on the spot for proclaiming to be a Knight of Columbus
http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/detail/2012_05_cristero_war_knights.html
The movie, “For Greater Glory,” was produced with the assistance of the Knights of Columbus, telling the story of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Greater_Glory
The term, “Viva Cristo Rey!” becomes a battle cry of the Cristeros after the public execution of Blessed Fr. Miguel Pro.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_Pro
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