Do not miss ‘For Greater Glory’!

Stunning historical attack on Christians revealed
‘For Greater Glory’ project features Catholic priest with crucifix, bandolier, gun

Published by WND: May 31, 2012

By Anita Crane

Santiago Cabrera as Padre Reyes Vega in “For Greater Glory.” (Courtesy of NewLand Films)

It’s being called the “Schindler’s List” of Mexico, and it reveals what really terrifies a Marxist: A Catholic priest armed with a crucifix, bandolier and a gun.

Tomorrow, nearly 100 years after the Mexican government buried the history of the Cristeros War, the movie “For Greater Glory” opens in U.S. theaters with a cast including Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole, Eduardo Verástegui and newcomer Mauricio Kuri.

The epic tells the true story of Los Cristeros, the Men of Christ, and the Feminine Brigades of St. Joan of Arc, who laid their lives on the line to defend the Catholic Church in Mexico. All they had to do to escape execution was to deny Christ. Instead, their rallying cry was “Viva Cristo Rey!” – “Long live Christ the King!”

“Everything in this movie is true,” producer Pablo José Barroso said after a Washington screening for attendees of the 2012 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

Stephen Bannon, a documentary filmmaker and chairman of the film’s distribution company ARC Entertainment, believes the timing of the film’s release is “providential.”

“I think the parallels of Ruben Blades, who plays the president of Mexico, is like the current radical secular government that is in all-out war on religious freedom,” he said. “This film, I think, is very controversial in the fact that it did take a group of peasants led by priests – and some bandits – to actually stand up and fight for their religion. If they had not fought for their religion, there would not be Catholicism in Mexico today.

Eduardo Verástegui in “For Greater Glory.” (Courtesy of NewLand Films)

“I think it’s going to have a huge impact, because I think it foreshadows much of what is going to happen in the United States if we don’t stand for our religion.”

Mexican actor and Hollywood filmmaker Eduardo Verástegui co-stars as attorney Anacleto Gonzalez Flores, who led peaceful protests during the Cristeros War until he was tortured and executed by the government. Verástegui had wanted to make a movie about the Cristeros since he moved to Los Angeles and first learned about them on a religious retreat.

Verástegui believes Mexico’s public schools don’t teach this history because it’s embarrassing to the government.

He told WND: “Somebody was asking me: ‘Is this a Catholic film? What is this?’ And I say this film just shows historical facts. It’s like the ‘Schindler’s List’ of Mexico.

“The most important thing about this film for me – when I saw it – is that it’s impossible not to question yourself,” said Verástegui. “‘Am I willing to die for my faith? Am I willing to give my life like these heroes?’ They were not playing games. They went all the way. We are called to give our lives for others every day, but that’s the highest level of love: to become a martyr. And this kid, José Luis Sanchez del Rio, who starts as a rebel and goes all the way – it challenged me to find the best person in myself.”

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