Relics arrive in Portsmouth

The box containing the remains of the parents of St Th�r�se of Lisieux, which is at St John's Cathedral in Portsmouth.
The box containing the remains of the parents of St Th�r�se of Lisieux, which is at St John's Cathedral in Portsmouth.
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HUNDREDS gathered to pray as the remains of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux visited St John’s Catholic Cathedral in Portsmouth.

The relics of the mother and father of the French nun known as the Little Flower of Jesus are visiting Portsmouth Diocese as the church discusses marriage.

Diocesan master of ceremonies father John Chandler said: ‘The church will be thinking about what marriage means and they are a perfect example.

‘They had nine children, and four of them passed away at birth. The remaining five sisters all became nuns – after their struggle they agreed to always put god first in their marriage.’

It is anticipated that the couple will be made saints in October, and would become the first spouses in history of the Church to be made saints together.