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Pope Francis reaches for a poster of Mother Teresa as he is driven through the crowd, in Tirana, Albania during his visit in 2014  (PA)

A spokesman has said the reported date of September 4 for the canonisation is only hypothetical

Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin

Rejoice in this saintly couple

Ahead of the October synod, the relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin are visiting English dioceses. Many hope that their holy marriage will inspire Catholic families

A statue of Brendan of Clonfert

The saint who sailed off on a quest for ‘the Land of Promise’

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin were a shining example to their renowned daughter and still inspire Catholics today

The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux (CNS)

The canonisation ceremony for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin is expected to take place during October’s synod

Crowds at New York's St Patrick's Day parade (CNS)

How did St Patrick’s Day become such a successful ‘brand’?

The Blind Leading the Blind by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

What secular historians of the Reformation have missed is that commemorating saints’ days in medieval Catholic England was a popular celebration of holy life

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Gaudete Sunday (Photo: PA)

Pope made remark during homily on Gaudete Sunday

'Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean Catholic martyrs but it was not given adequate attention in the blogosphere'  (CNS)

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.