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Jakob wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Besides the Biblical couples of the Old and New Testament, e.g. (St. Joachim and St. Anne) and (St. Joseph and Our Lady), has the Church ever pronounced any other married couple
    as saints?

Jakob

  { Besides (Joachim + Anne) and (Joseph + Our Lady) has the Church declared other couples, saints? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Jakob!

Pope John Paul has been encouraging the promotion of married saints, so I hope we will see more of them in the future. One couple likely to be beatified are the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, Louis and Zélie Martin.

When I think of what married saints are recognized so far, most of the examples that come to mind are:

  • widows (St. Monica)
  • foundresses (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
  • martyrs (St. Perpetua), and
  • royalty (St. Margaret of Scotland)

There are a few married people who became saints without belonging to any special category, such as St. Isidore; the farmer (Spain).

Of course, some kinds of saints have an advantage as candidates for beatification and canonization:

members of religious orders, for example, are associated with an organized group that can work for their cause over many years.

Richard Chonak

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