Lara Puente, Salvador, St.
LARA PUENTE, SALVADOR, ST.
Martyr, lay youth; b. Aug. 13, 1905, Berlin, Súchil, Archdiocese of Durango, Mexico; d. Aug. 15, 1926, Puerto de Santa Teresa near Zacatecas. Like his cousin St. David roldÁn, he abandoned his studies at Durango seminary in order to assist his family financially. While working for a mining company, he remained active in pastoral work, Mexican Youth for Catholic Action (president), and the National League (secretary). He was arrested and shot with his cousin, after witnessing the assassination of their pastor batiz and Manuel morales. Salvador was both beatified (Nov. 22, 1992) and canonized (May 21, 2000) with Cristobal magallanes [see guadalajara (mexico), martyrs of, ss.] by Pope John Paul II.
Feast: May 25 (Mexico).
Bibliography: j. cardoso, Los mártires mexicanos (Mexico City 1953). v. garcÍa juÁrez, Los cristeros (Fresnillo, Zac. 1990).
[k. i. rabenstein]