Thousands expected in London to visit relics of 19th century French nun

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LONDON (AFP) – Up to 100,000 pilgrims are expected to flock to the mother church of Roman Catholics in England for the culmination of a tour of the relics of a 19th century French nun which arrived in London Monday.

The heavy jacaranda wood casket containing the relics of St Therese of Lisieux was to be on show in Westminster Cathedral until Thursday, the high point of a month-long tour of England and Wales.

The relics, made up of portions of her thigh and foot bones, have attracted crowds in Catholic cathedrals, convents and even Wormwood Scrubs prison in London.

Westminster Cathedral said it had ordered 100,000 candles and 50,000 pink roses to meet demand from the 2,000 pilgrims expected to venerate the relics every hour.

The nun, known in the Catholic world as the "Little Flower of Jesus", entered the sisterhood aged just 15, but died aged 24 in 1897 from tuberculosis.

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