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Pope approves canonisation of St Thérèse’s parents

Pope Francis presides at the ordinary public consistory (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope has approved decrees permitting the canonisation of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux.

Francis approved the decrees during an ordinary consistory in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Louis and Zélie Martin will be the first couple to be canonised together as husband and wife. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, said the canonisation would testify to their “extraordinary witness of conjugal and familial spirituality”.

Louis Martin (1823–1894) and Zélie Guerin (1831–1877) had nine children. The five who survived infancy all entered religious life. The most well-known is St Thérèse, co-patroness of France.

The Pope also approved the canonisation of Italian priest Blessed Vincenzo Grossi and Spanish nun Blessed Mary of the Immaculate Conception.