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.
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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?
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.
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 Croix, which 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.
- Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, their lives, spirituality, and beatification, at "Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux"
- The healing in 2008 of the newborn baby Carmen Perez Pons in Valencia, Spain:
- "The cure of Carmen: Is this the miracle that will make Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, canonized saints?" - Process opens in Spain to examine "presumed miracle." by Maureen O'Riordan. January 20, 2013.
- "Vatican to investigate "presumed miracle" attributed to Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Will the healing of little Carmen make them saints?" - by Maureen O'Riordan. May 28, 2013.
- "Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux a Step Closer to Canonization," by Maureen O'Riordan. Carmelite Review, Summer/Fall 2013.
The history of the diocesan inquiry into the "presumed miracle" of the healing of little Carmen, written by the vice-postulator, Father Antonio Sangalli, O.C.D. May 21, 2013. Courtesy of the Shrine at Alencon.
The Web site of the Shrine at Alencon, which receives pilgrims who visit the Martin family home at Alencon (the town where Louis and Zelie lived together; it was only after Zelie's death that the family moved to Lisieux).
The Web site of the Shrine at Lisieux. Louis and Zelie were beatified in the Basilica dedicated to their daughter at Lisieux in 2008, and the Shrine at Lisieux promoted their cause.
For an audio reflection on Louis and Zelie, please listen to the radio show Carmelite Conversations, on which Maureen O'Riordan was a guest to reflect on the lives and spirituality of Louis and Zelie Martin on February 23, 2015.