THE remains of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux, a French nun popularly known as the Little Flower of Jesus, will be available to visit.
Commonly referred to as relics by Catholics, the remains of Louis and Zelie Martin will visit St John’s Portsmouth Cathedral today.
It is widely anticipated that the couple will be made saints in October by Pope Francis at the end of the Synod on the Family, meaning the Martins would be the first spouses in the history of the Church to be made saints together.
Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said: ‘When the relics of St Thérèse visited Britain in 2009, thousands turned out at the cathedral in Portsmouth to venerate her.
‘Now, fittingly, the relics of her parents are coming. My hope is that this holy married couple will evoke a deeper faith and enkindle a real celebration of Christian marriage.’
The relics will be arriving at the cathedral at 10am today and will be available to visit until 7.30pm.