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

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/catholicnews.org.uk)

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

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

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

Blessed Louis and Marie Zélie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux  (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin are expected to be declared saints at the family synod in October and their relics will tour the UK next month

St Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today in Gotarrendura, Spain

The witty Spanish saint was, in some ways, the Pope Francis of her time

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

Jean Vanier, founder of the International federation of L'Arche communities (CNS)

Vanier won this year’s Templeton Prize

Blessed Louis and Marie Zélie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux  (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

Relics of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zélie Martin are to tour Portsmouth and Plymouth in May

Les Buissonnets, the childhood home of Léonie Martin and St Thérèse in Lisieux

Léonie Martin had a troubled childhood and was almost forgotten after her death