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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican October 25 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The synod heard the story of a couple who were cruelly separated but remained faithful

Ross Douthat is a columnist for the New York Times (AP)

The journalist can draw solace from St Bernadette, who refused to stay silent in the face of opposition

A tapestry showing Louis and Zelie Martin, at the canonisation (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

First canonisation of a married couple takes place in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Pope Francis canonises Louis and Zélie Martin in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

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Bishops arrive for a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The canonisation of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin is a crucial part of the process

Pope Francis leaves the Vatican synod hall with Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ yesterday (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 15, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

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

Francis approves decrees allowing for the canonisation of Louis and Zélie Martin

The relics of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth (Mazur/

The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux’s parents are being taken on a week-long tour of England

Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth prays over the relics (Mazur/

Thousands of Catholics across southern England expected to venerate relics during week-long tour

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