Pope Fran­cis canon­ises French cou­ple

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Pope Fran­cis has con­ducted the first canon­i­sa­tion of a mar­ried cou­ple in a cer­e­mony in St Pe­ter’s Square.

Louis and Marie-Zelie Guerin Martin, who lived in France in the 19th Cen­tury, were the par­ents of the much ven­er­ated Saint Therese of Lisieux.

The cou­ple had nine chil­dren, four of whom died in in­fancy. The re­main­ing five, all girls, be­came nuns.

The youngest, Therese, died of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis aged 24 in 1897 and was canon­ised in 1925.

In his homily, Pope Fran­cis said: “The holy spouses Louis Martin and Marie-Zelie Guerin prac­tised Chris­tian ser­vice in the fam­ily, cre­at­ing day by day an en­vi­ron­ment of faith and love which nur­tured the vo­ca­tions of their daugh­ters, among whom was Saint Therese of the Child Je­sus.”

It was one of the high­lights of a meet­ing of car­di­nals and bish­ops at the Vat­i­can.

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