I am answering a few questions a friend wrote me about the Catholic belief in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. Discussing verses from John 6, I had expressed that (of course) the Church has always believed in the Real Presence, and in fact, the Christians who were martyred in the Coliseum had been accused of cannibalism, as they would not disavow that they ate the *true Body *and *true Blood *of our Lord in communion.
I know this is true because I read it somewhere reliable (as a convert from Protestant, I remember being impressed that the martyrs died for something so Catholic, when we Protestants had always claimed them for our own). However, I don’t know where now, and I was asked for references, which I would like to provide. I know they exist, but where? Can anyone direct me? Thanks.