She was canonized by
Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. The same Pope proclaimed her Universal
Patron of the Missions, alongside Saint Francis Xavier, on December
Her teaching and example
of holiness has been received with great enthusiasm by all sectors
of the faithful during this century, as well as by people outside
the Catholic Church and outside Christianity.
On the occasion of
the centenary of her death, many Episcopal Conferences asked the
Pope to declare her a Doctor of the Church, in view of the soundness
of her spiritual wisdom inspired by the Gospel, the originality
of her theological intuitions filled with sublime teaching, and
the universal acceptance of her spiritual message; which has been
welcomed throughout the world and spread by the translation of
her works into over fifty languages.
Mindful of these requests,
His Holiness Pope John Paul II asked the Congregation for the
Causes of Saints, which has competence in this area, in consultation
with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to study
the suitability of proclaiming her a Doctor of the Church.
On August 24th, at
the close of the Eucharistic Celebration at the twelfth World
Youth Day in Paris, in the presence of hundreds of bishops and
before an immense crowd of young people from the whole world,
Pope John Paul II announced his intention to proclaim Thérèse
of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face a Doctor of the Universal
Church on World Mission Sunday, October 19, 1997.