Vatican, Aug. 19, 2008 (CWNews.com) – The Vatican has announced plans for the beatification of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Louis Martin and Zelie Marie Guerin Martin will be beatified on October 19, with the ceremony taking place in Lisieux, the Vatican liturgical office announced on August 19. The date of the ceremony is significant: October 19 will be Mission Sunday; St. Therese is (along with St. Francis Xavier) co-patron of the Church’s missionary effort.
The Vatican also announced plans for the beatification of:
* Vincenza Maria Poloni (1802-1855), born Luigia Poloni, an Italian foundress of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Verona; the ceremony will take place in Verona on September 21; * Michael Spocko (1888-1975), a Polish priest; the ceremony will take place outside the church of Divine Mercy in Bialystok, Poland, on September 28; * Francesco Pianzola (1881- 1943), an Italian priest; the ceremony will take place in the cathedral of Vigevano on October 4; and * Franceso Giovanni Bonifacio (1912- 1946), an Italian priest and martyr; the ceremony will take place in the cathedral of Trieste on October 4.