In pictures: Relics come to city
The relics of Saint Thérèse de Lisieux are being taken around the world for churchgoers. They have already visited Brazil, America, and Israel. In Portsmouth, over 15,000 people queued around the cathedral to see them.
More recently the relics have been in Taunton, Somerset, with over 2000 people queuing to see them on Friday, September 18, 2009. Thérèse de Lisieux is also known as 'The Little Flower of Jesus.'
Therese de Lisieux (1873-1897), a Carmelite nun, was canonised in 1925 and is recognised as a Doctor of the Church - one of only three women to receive the honour. She died aged just 24 of tuberculosis.
A relic is an object or a personal item of religious significance which has been carefully preserved, in a special act of honour. St Thérèse's remains are kept in an ornate coffin which has been specially made for the tour.
The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux are due to arrive at St Teresa of the Child Jesus Church at 2pm on Wednesday, September 23. They will leave the church after morning mass at 9.00am the following day.
St Thérèse was born in 1873 and from an early age prayer and spirituality was important to her. Her book 'Story of a Soul' has been very popular with people from all faiths and backgrounds.
On Wednesday, pilgrims will come by coach from all over the west country to the church with the honour of being one of the first parishes to be named after St Thérèse of Lisieux.
A number of locations, churches and schools throughout the world are named after Saint Thérèse de Lisieux. She was described by Pope Pius X as "the greatest saint of modern times".