Relics of Martyrs to Be in New York

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7/26/2006

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson delivers remarks at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas at the start of the U.S. pilgrimage.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson delivers remarks at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas at the start of the U.S. pilgrimage.

The relics of six Knights of Columbus canonized in 2000 will be in Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday and St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to noon. The six priests were martyred for their faith during religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s.

The six priests – Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Lucero, Miguel de la Mora de la Mora, Jose Maria Robles Hurtado, Luis Batiz Sainz, Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán, and Mateo Correa Magallanes – were martyred for their faith by the Mexican government during the religious persecution in Mexico in the1920s.

The relics have been on venerated throughout the United States since March 18, when they were bought to the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, where a special Mass was celebrated.

“This pilgrimage seeks to promote knowledge of and devotion to the Knights of Columbus priest martyrs of Mexico and all those who sacrificed their lives for their faith during the Mexican persecution,” explained Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, who will be attending the opening ceremonies in Dallas. 

The pilgrimage of the relics began in Mexico City in September 2005, to mark the centennial of the Knights of Columbus in Mexico. From there, the reliquary traveled to cities throughout Mexico. After traveling to several major U.S. cities, the pilgrimage will conclude in Orlando at the Knights of Columbus' 124th Supreme Convention in August 2006.

Relics have long been a part of Catholic devotional practice. Since the days of the Apostles, Christians have preserved and honored the physical remains of men and women recognized as saints  Previous relic pilgrimages have drawn large numbers of the faithful. In 2003, the Knights co-sponsored the journey of a relic of the Tilma of Tepeyac, the cloth that bears the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which drew more than 150,000 people.