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The Undercover Priest

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro

By: Patricia Mitchell

In February 1927, with one stroke of the pen, Mexican President General Plutarco Elias Calles turned every priest in his country into an outlaw. He ordered them to leave their posts, wherever they were, and to report immediately to Mexico City.

When they refused to obey, they faced arrest, imprisonment, and even death. Most went into hiding. A young Jesuit priest,...

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