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Saintly couple’s relics

PILGRIM RELICS. Hundreds of church-goers and devotees touch the glass case enclosing the reliquary containing the first-class relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, after a Eucharistic celebration at the St. Ignatius de Loyala Chapel in Camp Evangelista. The French couple will be the first-ever married couple to be canonized together, on Oct. 18, 2015, the anniversary of their wedding day. The relics of the saint-parents of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower, also known as St. Thérèse of Lisieux, visited Cagayan de Oro on Sunday and were brought to Surigao on Monday. Five of their nine children entered the religious life as nuns while four died in infanthood. Another of their daughter, St. Thérèse ‘s elder sister Leonie Martin, the so-called “black sheep” in the Martin family but who eventually became a nun, is also a candidate for sainthood. (Photo: Bong D. Fabe)

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