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Bl. Miguel Pro

Bl. Miguel Pro was a Jesuit priest in Mexico at a time when the government was trying to suppress the Catholic faith. Priests were forced to marry, arrested for false crimes, or just killed, and churches were forced to close. Miguel continued to run his church secretly, for which he was arrested. He was released, but soon after he was arrested again and accused of attempting to assassinate a general. Despite witnesses saying he wasn't involved, Miguel was executed for the crime, refusing a blindfold so he could face the firing squad. He held a crucifix in one hand and a rosary in the other, and after forgiving the soldiers who were about to kill him, his last words were "¡Viva Cristo Rey!" - "Long live Christ the King!".  Lifetime:  1891 to 1927 Region:  Mexico Patronages:  Martyrs; Those facing persecution Iconograpy:  Rosary; Priest garb; Holding out arms at execution; Viva Cristo Rey banner Feast Day:  November 23

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth of Hungary was born a princess and married another noble when she was a teenager. Shortly after, she became serious about her faith and began to give her wealth to the poor. But after her husband died on his way to war, Elizabeth took it to a new level, taking vows similar to that of a nun. She used her wealth to build a hospital for the poor. Lifetime:  1207 to 1231 Region:  Hungary and Germany Patronages:  Bakers; Nurses; Widows Iconograpy:  Bread; Roses; Crown Feast Day:  November 17