As we approach the first liturgical feast of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin on July 12, 2009, I am happy to present my English translation of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI declaring them blessed and establishing the feast on the anniversary of their wedding. I had the joy of hearing this letter proclaimed during the Mass of Beatification in the Basilica of St. Therese at Lisieux.
APOSTOLIC LETTER OF POPE BENEDICT XVI ANNOUNCING THE BEATIFICATION OF LOUIS MARTIN AND ZÉLIE GUÉRIN
We, fulfilling the wishes of our brothers Pierre Auguste Pican, bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, and Jean-Claude Boulanger, bishop of Sées, and the wishes expressed by many Brothers in the Episcopate and by a multitude of the faithful, after having consulted the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, permit, by virtue of our Apostolic Authority, that the Venerable Servants of God LOUIS MARTIN and ZÉLIE MARIE GUÉRIN, lay persons, spouses, and parents, who, strengthened by the sacrament of marriage and the example of the Family of Nazareth, have testified to their love for God, for the Virgin Mary, for the poor, and for the missions, and consecrated themselves diligently to their children, among whom we count St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, are now to be called Blessed, and that their feast may be celebrated each year on July 12, the date of the anniversary of their marriage, in the place and following the procedures established by law. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, October 15 in the year of the Lord 2008, the fourth year of Our Pontificate.