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800 front up for 3.00am Little Flower Mass

800 people were present at 3.00am yesterday morning to greet the arrival of the relics of St Therese of Liesieux in Australia according to the Editor of The Record newspaper, Peter Rosengren, who attended the Mass. According to Mr Rosengren the Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, and organisers of the Australian tour were overjoyed with the turnout. The organisers are hoping that the tour will see a similar enthusiastic reception in this country to what has occurred in other countries.

Father Gerard Moran OCD, Parish Priest at Morley where the relics are beginning their Australian tour was quoted on the ABC News saying St Therese has been described as the greatest saint of modern times.

"She died unknown, her funeral which took place outside a convent," he said. "There were only 30 people at the funeral, but 28 years later when she was canonised in 1925, there were 500,000 people in Rome for the canonisation."

The West Australian
ABC News
The Record