March 17, 2011, Updated September 12, 2012

Remains of a revered French nun who died more than 100 years ago are now on tour in Israel. The relics of St. Therese of Lisieux, nicknamed Little Flower, have been on tour to Catholic parishes around the world.

“This is an event of faith and an event of devotion that aims at helping the people to become better and to live in a better way, in their social life, in their community life, in their spiritual life,” said Apostolic Nuncio Antonio Franco.

St. Therese’s relics are taken to parishes in order to allow devotees to worship in the presence of the saint nicknamed the “Little Flower.” Catholics pray publicly to the remains of the venerated to ask for help or spiritual guidance.

The relics arrived in Israel in a gold-adorned wooden box.

St. Therese’s remains have already toured South Africa, England and the Philippines, as well as outer space. From Israel they will be sent to Spain.

St. Therese was born in France in 1873 and died at the age of 24, likely from tuberculosis. She was canonized 28 years later by Pope Pius XI in 1925.


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