Pope Francis on October 16 canonized 17 new blesseds. Among the hundreds of crowd holding different photographs of the blesseds to be canonized, one photo that snatched away the attention of the crowd was of a 14 year-old young martyr. The photograph showed Mexico’s young martyr St. Jose Sanchez del Rio holding rosary in one hand and a palm branch on the other. Both symbolized his firm faith and martyrdom. At his feet there was a mark of blood along with a bullet. It indicated the torture he had endured.
The young Saint Jose was martyred in 1928 during the persecution of government over Catholics. His martyrdom serves as a model for those missionary priests in Mexico to vigorously continue their mission work in the country, said Antonio Berumen, the vice postulator of the young saint’s cause.
Those priests working in Mexico against the drug traffickers are usual targets of the drug mafia. Let them be motivated by the life the young martyr. He said. “It is complete trust in God and having the assurance that there is someone who acts and continues to act in the lives of men and women.”