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Blessed Brother Christophe Lebreton (1950-1996)
Born in Blois (central France) into a family of 12 children, Brother Christophe was touched by faith very early on. He is one of seven Trappist monks from Our Lady of the Atlas of Tibhirine who were kidnapped during the night of March 26/27, 1996, and murdered on May 21 of the same year. It was in 1957 that he made his First Communion. "We were raised as Christians, but in great freedom — and above all, I believe, we each perceived something profound in our parents’ faith, in their lives, a concern for truth, discretion ... and courage in the trials that are not lacking when raising twelve children (there are also many joys)," he noted in his writings.