Heart of a Priest tour
Parishioners kneel to pray in front of the Heart of a Priest display at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in St. Louis on March 15, 2019. St. John Vianney’s incorrupt heart is considered a major, first-class relic. The saint’s heart has resisted decay for more than 150 years. A relic like the incorrupt heart offers a tangible reminder of communion with the holy men and women who have gone before, offering strength to follow their example of faithful living. St. John Vianney, popularly known as the Curé of Ars, is considered a model of priestly generosity, purity and prayerfulness. Born in France in 1786, St. John Vianney grew up in a time of open hostility to the Church in the wake of the French Revolution. He is famous for hearing confessions for up to 18 hours a day as people from across Europe came to see him. His notoriety throughout the Catholic world continued to grow after his death in 1859. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
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