Benedict XVI receives relics of St. Therese’s parents, offers prayers for families


Today, after his weekly general audience, the Holy Father gave a special greeting to pilgrims from Lisieux, France and also asked the Lord to bless the Sixth World Meeting of Families.


The French faithful journeyed to Rome with relics of the saintly French couple, Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, who were beatified on October 19, 2008.


After his special greeting to the French pilgrims, Pope Benedict offered prayers for the “Sixth World Meeting of Families, which is currently taking place in Mexico City.”


"May this important ecclesial event,” he prayed, "be a further expression of the beauty and importance of the family, infusing everyone with new energy to support this irreplaceable and fundamental cell of society and of the Church."