|Sisters Odilia and Maria Ana, just before they were shot|
Among the ninety-nine martyrs were Maria Ana Vaillot and Odilia Baumgarten, Daughters of Charity who worked in the Saint John's Hospital in Angers. The Hospital had been founded by King Henry II of England as part of the penance he paid for his role in the death of Archbishop Thomas a Becket of Canterbury. Half a millennium had passed and governments were still striving to coerce their citizens into renouncing faith and declaring that their primary loyalty was to other humans.
They must have been brave soldiers indeed to shoot two unarmed nurses on a cold February morning. Odilia especially, having been in charge of the hospital's pharmacy, must have posed a terrible threat to le Securite Nationale.