Zelie and Louis Martin to be declared blessed October 19, 2008, Mission Sunday, at Lisieux.

Saturday,  July 11, 2008, 7:00 p.m. EDT:  Joyful news:  Venerable Zelie and Louis Martin are to be beatified on Mission Sunday, October 19, 2008, at Lisieux.  Cardinal Saraiva Martins announced it this afternoon when he presided at a Solemn Pontifical Mass at Notre-Dame Church at Alencon in honor of the 150th anniversary of their wedding.  Fr. Linus Ryan, O. Carm., director of the National Office for St. Therese in Ireland, notified me by telephone just now.  For films and stories about the lives and significance of the new blesseds and for news stories about their cause, please see http://thereseoflisieux.org.  The news has not appeared in the media yet, but I will post stories there as they appear.