Author Event - Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War by Fr. James Murphy

The Avid Reader is proud to welcome local author Msgr. James Murphy and his recently published history, Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War: Stories of Martyrdom from Mexico, in-store on Friday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m. 


More about Saints and Sinner in the Cristero War: Stories of Martyrdom from Mexico:

Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War collects the stories of eight pivotal players in this war in Mexico in the twentieth century. The saints are now honored as martyrs by the Catholic Church. The sinners were political and military leaders who were accomplices in the persecution. 

The four saints include: Anacleto González Flores, whose non-violent demonstrations ended with his death after a day of brutal torture; Archbishop Francisco Orozco y Jiménez, who ran his vast archdiocese from hiding while on the run from the Mexican government; Fr. Toribio Romo González, who was shot in his bed one morning simply for being a Catholic priest; and Fr. Miguel Pro, a Jesuit who kept slipping through the hands of the military police in Mexico City despite being on the "most wanted" list for sixteen months.

The four sinners are Melchor Ocampo, the powerful politician who believed that Catholicism was the cause of Mexico's problems; President Plutarco Elías Calles, the fanatical atheist who brutally persecuted the Church; José Reyes Vega, the priest who ignored the orders of his archbishop and became a general in the Cristero army; and Tomás Garrido Canabal, a farmer-turned-politician who became known as the "Scourge of Tabasco."



More about Msgr. James Murphy:


Msgr. James Murphy is a retired priest of the Diocese of Sacramento, California. In his career, he served as pastor of three bilingual parishes, rector of the cathedral, and vicar general of the diocese. In addition, he was the managing editor of the diocesan newspaper and diocesan director of communications, He also founded the first Spanish-language diocesan newspaper in the nation in 1979. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.



Event date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
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ISBN: 9781621642626
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Published: Ignatius Press - February 6th, 2019