Relics of Curé of Ars Make Stop in Papal Chapel

VATICAN CITY, MAY 23, 2005 ( Benedict XVI prayed before relics of St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, which had been brought to the Pope’s private chapel for an overnight stop.

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The Holy Father’s homage this morning was one of the most significant moments of the centenary of the French priest’s canonization. The Curé, who lived from 1786-1859, is the patron of parish priests.

The Parish of St. John Vianney in Rome, located on the Via Lentini, is currently looking after the saint’s incorrupt heart, reported Vatican Radio.

The relic will return to Ars on Wednesday.

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