Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie Martin to be canonised

"It is a great joy to hear that at a Public Consistory in Rome, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has announced that Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie Martin are to be canonised on 18th October, World Mission Sunday.

In May, we had the great privilege of welcoming them to our country when they spent several days in our diocese, in Plymouth and in Dorchester.  It was touching to witness the devotion of so many couples, children and our sick.  I am sure that we will continue to seek their intercession and their blessing on married couples and families most particularly.

May The Lord richly bless us all in spreading the timeless message of this holy couple, in discovering holiness in the ordinariness of family life.  May they help each of us in our vocation, to encounter Jesus more deeply and to bear witness to Him in our world.