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Australian Catholics flock to Thérèse relics

Catholics in Western Australia have rushed to see the relics of St Therese of Lisieux, which began their national tour in Perth at the end of last month.

The Catholic Leader reports that tens of thousands of people have already viewed the relics. Response has been 'quite extraordinary', according to Perth archdiocesan media officer Hugh Ryan.

The relics were brought with a police escort from Perth airport to the Discalced Carmelite parish church in suburban Morley.

At 1:00 am, 900 people carrying candles turned out with Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth to welcome the reliquary. Uniformed soldiers carried it into the parish car park, where Archbishop Hickey formally welcomed the relics to Australia. They were then taken into the church for Mass and the start of continuous devotions.

Discalced Carmelite Australian regional vicar, Fr Greg Homeming, said people were in the church around the clock.

"Large numbers arrived early on the Friday and Saturday mornings," he said. "Mass attendances grew, with 1500 at each, in a church designed to seat 700. Catholics and non-Catholics prayed together."

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