The real Thérèse of Lisieux and those letters that were tampered with – Vatican Insider

Thérèse of Lisieux

Thérèse of Lisieux

A documented volume by Italian theologian and writer, Gianni Gennari, shows how the saint’s sisters gave a reductive image of her and her “doctrine” and even managed to mislead four Popes

ANDREA TORNIELLI

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It is a story of true holiness and manipulated documents that told by Gianni Gennari in his new book “Teresa di Lisieux, il fascino della santità. I segreti di una “dottrina” ritrovata” (Thérèse of Lisieux, The appeal of Sainthood. The secrets of a rediscovered “doctrine” – Lindau publishers, 616 pages, 38 Euros). And one recounted in meticulous detail and inspired by documents that remained unpublished until now. The volume reconstructs the life of an extraordinary woman. Saint Thérèse of the Child of Jesus is remembered by faithful as the “little saint” and is identified with the “spiritual infancy” described in Matthew’s Gospel: “If you do not change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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