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Cause of St Thérèse of Lisieux’s sister is opened

The Catholic Herald UK reports:

A French bishop has officially opened the beatification Cause of Léonie Martin, the sister of St Thérèse of Lisieux. Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux opened the diocesan stage of the Cause on Saturday at a Mass at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, north-west France, where Léonie lived from 1899 until her death in 1941, aged 78. Léonie, who took the name Sister Françoise-Thérèse when she entered religious life, now has the title “Servant of God”. Léonie, the third of the five surviving children of the Martin family, had a difficult childhood. According to a website dedicated to her life, she was often ill, was physically abused by a maidservant, was expelled from school and was isolated within the family. She attempted to enter religious life three times before she was accepted at the monastery in Caen.
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