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St. Therese’s Parents Canonized – Small Crowd for Ceremony?

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Oct. 18: St. Therese’s Parents Canonized
Small Crowd for Ceremony?

By John Vennari

The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louise and Zélie Martin, were canonized in a Mass presided over by Pope Francis on Sunday morning, October 18.

Two others were also canonized: Father Vincenzo Grossi (1845-1910), and Mother Maria Dell’Immacolata Concezione (1926-1998).

The event began at 10:00 am and I stopped at the Vatican to see the first 40 minutes of the ceremony. I was expecting more people, especially given the immense popularity of St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Peter’s square appeared only half full – see photo above.

Louie and Zélie Martin are the first married couple who were proclaimed saints together.

Below is the write-up from the Vatican canonization booklet:


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