“But Ceferino was also a Catholic living in Spain during the Spanish Civil War at a time when anti-Catholic sentiment was enshrined in law. One day he saw a priest being arrested and called for the soldiers to stop. They turned on him, asking if he had a weapon. ‘Only this,’ El Pelé answered, holding up his rosary. He was beaten for it and dragged to jail.”
In prison, he was told that his life might be saved if he stopped praying. But he kept praying, then was killed.
Later, he was canonized as a Catholic saint.