St. Thérèse Can Help Youth Be Faithful, Says Pope

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 1, 2008 ( As the Church celebrates today the feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Benedict XVI presented her as a support for youth.

At the end of today’s general audience held in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope greeted youth, the sick and several recently married couples. He recalled St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who died at age 24, and who is now a doctor of the Church and the patron of missions.

“May her evangelical testimony support you, dear youth, in the commitment of daily fidelity to Christ,” he said. Addressing the ill, the Holy Father expressed his wish that the young saint would motivate them “to follow Jesus on the path of tests and suffering.”

Finally, in greeting the recently married, he spoke of his hope that St. Thérèse would help “to make of your families a place of growth in love for God and for our brothers.”

Louis and Marie-Zélie Martin, parents of St. Thérèse, will be beatified on Mission Sunday at the Cathedral of Lisieux. Mission Sunday is celebrated this year on Oct. 19.

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