Fr Ãngel DarÃo Acosta Zurita was born on 13 December 1908 in Naolinco, Mexico. He was known for his athleticism and his gentle and charitable nature.
Ãngel DarÃo was ordained a priest
on 25 April 1931 and celebrated his First Mass
in the city of Vera Cruz
on 24 May. On 26 May he began to serve as coadjutor vicar
in the Parish
of the Assumption in Vera Cruz. He was very interested in children's catechesis
and was dedicated to celebrating the Sacrament of Penance.
In the State of Vera Cruz
was promulgated known as the "Tejeda Law", which reduced the number of priests allowed in the State to end the "fanaticism of the people", as Governor Adalberto Tejeda called it. A letter was sent to all priests telling them to obey this law. Fr DarÃo received his letter on 21 July, remaining calm and joyful as always.
On 25 July 1931 the law
took force; that same day, in the Parish
of the Assumption, everything transpired as usual: children
arrived for catechism lessons and people waited to go to confession.
At 6: 10 p.m., soldiers entered the church and opened fire on the priests. In the confusion and chaos, Fr Landa was gravely wounded while another priest, Fr Rosas, was miraculously saved, protected by the pulpit.
Fr DarÃo had just come out of the baptistry when he was hit by the bullets, having only the time
to cry out "Jesus!". He was martyred exactly three months after his priestly ordination.