"The Canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin," an appearance by Maureen O'Riordan the radio show "Carmelite Conversations," July 13, 2015

On Monday, Jul. 13th, at 7:00 pm EST , I had the pleasure of talking with host Frances Harry about "The Canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin" on "Carmelite Conversations," a program of Radio Maria. I talked about  the history of their cause, the process of canonization, and the healings of Pietro Schiliro (their beatification miracle) and Carmen Perez Pons (their canonization miracle).Please listen at http://radiomaria.us/july-13-2015/ Thank you.

Vatican schedules consistory for causes for canonization for Saturday, June 27, 2015. Will the canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin be announced on that date?

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The Vatican Information Service announced today that  a calendar of liturgical celebrations at which the Pope will preside. published by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations, includes a consistory (a formal meeting of the College of Cardinals called by the Pope) on Saturday, June 27. 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Consistory Hall "for various causes for canonization.".

On March 4, 2015, in a story about the possible canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie, the Catholic News Service reported that an unnamed Vatican official had said that the consistory at which Pope Francis would consult with the cardinals and announce the decision about the canonization of Louis and Zelie would probably take place in June.  Let's continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Church in the matter of God's designs for Louis and Zelie Martin.  Will we learn the answer to those prayers on June 27?

Carmen's parents speak about the acceptance of her healing as the miracle for the canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

Carmen with her father and mother and mgr jacques Habert, bishop of seez, where louis and zelie martin spent their married life.  Valencia, May 2013.

The news of the canonization of Blessed Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin fills us with emotion, with joy, and with gratitude. For us, they are part of our family, since we have prayed to them and they have interceded with the Lord to grant us the healing of our daughter. The Martin couple is an example of family union founded on love and on respect for children. And, thanks to them, we can demonstrate these values to our two children.

--statement from the parents of little Carmen on the occasion of the approval of the healing of their daughter as the miracle necessary for the canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin.  

Courtesy of the Shrines at Alencon and Lisieux.  Translated by Maureen O'Riordan

Next steps for the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin reported by the Catholic News Service

The traveling reliquary of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin in Rome

The traveling reliquary of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin in Rome

On March 5 the Catholic News Service published details about the timeline for the events leading up to the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin.  In "Pope plans to canonize St. Therese's parents during family synod," Cindy Wooden reports that Cardinal Amato's announcement that Louis and Zelie will be canonized in October was made on February 27 at a conference in Rome on the role of saints in the life of the Church.  She adds:

Following normal Vatican procedures, before their canonization the pope would have to recognize a miracle that occurred after prayers for the couple's intercession before God. The decree is expected to be signed before Easter.

The next step would be for the pope to consult with the church's cardinals and hold a consistory with cardinals present in Rome to announce the decision to proceed with the ceremony during the world Synod of Bishops on the family Oct. 4-25. A Vatican official said that meeting probably would take place in June.

Thanks to the Catholic News Service for this marvelous news.  We should be able to celebrate the feast of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin on July 12 with special joy this year. 

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin to be first spouses canonized as a couple in October 2015

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, who are to be named saints in October 2015

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, who are to be named saints in October 2015

Cardinal Amato announces that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the first spouses in the history of the Church to be declared saints as a couple, will be canonized in October 2015

March 3, 2015.  Zenit.org reported today that Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has announced that Louis and Zelie Martin will be canonized during the Synod on the Family, which will take place in Rome in October 2015.  No date was reported.  The cardinal spoke during a meeting organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV) to emphasize how important sanctity in the family is.  "Thanks be to God, in October two spouses, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized.  Saints are not only priests and nuns, but also lay people," the Cardinal said. Please see Zenit's article announcing the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin. See also Nicholas Seneze's article in La Croixwhich states that Cardinal Amato made the announcement on Friday, February 27, and that the recognition of the miracle for Louis and Zelie's canonization has not yet been officially announced by the Vatican.

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