English & Welsh Martyrs of the Reformation were put to death for the faith. They were all canonised on 25 October 1970, by Pope Paul VI.
Right back to Saint Jude, who was one of the first Christiain martyrs, there have been many martyrs of the faith - men and women - who have died for their faith in Christ. In the UK and western world, we are lucky that we can enjoy our religious beliefs freely, but throughout the world, there are many who cannot. So, today we pray for all Christians that are persecuted. May each of us be more accepting of other faiths and beliefs.