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Many of our brothers and sisters, from our own day, to the beginnings of the Church, have given their lives for Jesus hidden in the Host.
A recent poll suggests that too few Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. That leaves it to those of us who do believe to know and spread the faith.
But there are some Christians who knew with such certainty that Jesus Christ is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament that they faced danger to be with him, and there are those who died rather than let the Blessed Sacrament fall into the wrong hands. Here are some of their stories, and their inspiring images can be found at the end of their profiles
1. SIBLINGS KILLED AT EASTER MASS, 2019
In much of the world, going to Mass is never taken for granted. Sharon Stephen Santhakumar and Sarah Epzhibah Santhakumar were just two victims of the Easter bombings of Sri Lankan Christian communities on April 29. Islamist terrorists have targeted Eucharist-believing Christians (Catholics, Chaldeans, Copts and Orthodox) for years, such as Ragheed Ganni. Last Easter brought a painful sadness, as bombers attached churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. Aleteia reported: “The toll was highest at St. Sebastian’s Church in the seaside fishing town of Negombo, where about a third of victims died while attending Mass.”