Toribio Romo was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1900. He always wanted to be a priest and was ordained when he was 22. But this was a time when religion was not only frowned upon, in Mexico, there were laws severely restricting Catholicism. The President, Plutarco Elias Calles was very hostile towards Catholicism. His anti-Catholicism fueled the Cristeros.
In order to minister to his people, Father Romo had to go underground. He celebrated Mass in factories and residences. I imagined he prayed for a lot of strength, but his fears didn't stop him.
On February 25, the government soldiers woke him up at 4:00 AM and shot him. The story of his martyrdom spread. He became the patron saint of those who watch over migrants and refugeesand border crosses
. In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Father Toribio Romo, along with 24 other martyrs murdered for their faith during the Cristero War.