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Pope canonises French couple Louis and Zelie Martin

Oct. 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis canonised the Catholic Church's first married couple in modern times on Sunday , declaring the parents of the beloved St Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right.

Francis told followers gathered in St Peter's Square that the couple, Louis and Zelie Martin, “practiced Christian service in the family , creating day by day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters.'' Francis is particularly devoted to the 19th century French Carmelite nun, fondly known as `The Little Flower,' who died at the age of 24 in 1897 and was later honored as doctor of the church.

Francis has had a copy of Therese's `Story of a Soul' on his bookshelf since his days as a novice. And he has said that whenever he has a problem, he directs his payers to Santa Teresita, as she is known in Spanish, and often a white rose appears to him as a sign that she has heard his prayers. Her parents were canonized at the start of final week of his big bishops' meeting of families. His aim is to provide Catholic families with saintly role models who took particular care to educate their children in the faith, like the Martins. 



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