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The Family as the “First Church” Emphasized in Recent Canonization
On October 18th of this year, Pope Francis canonized Louis and Zélie Martin, the first married couple to be jointly elevated to sainthood. While they are best known as the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louis and Zélie lived such simple, humble, and holy lives that the Church has recognized that they, like their daughter, are outstanding examples of heroic virtue.