NYC welcomes the 150-year-old heart of a French priest who "never disintegrated" during an America tour of the Roman Catholic relics.
- The heart of a French priest is on a US tour and was in New York on Saturday
- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, will perform a procession on Sunday worshiping the heart of Saint John Vianney ,
- His "incorruptible" heart resisted disintegration for 150 years, the Papal State
- lived during the French Revolution and helped hide priests on the run
The 150-year-old heart of a French priest is embarking on a US tour with the Roman Catholic relic in New York at its newest stop. 19659010] It was shown on Saturday at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, where both the faithful and the curious rose to see the human organ behind glass.
The Brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the pilgrimage of this heart, which has so far taken place in 28 states, and more will follow.
The 150-Year-Old Heart of a French Priest is on a US Tour with The Roman Catholic Relic in New York City at Their Last Station
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, will perform a procession on Sunday who worshiped the heart of Saint John Vianney, who was priest in the southern French town of Ars outside of Lyon.
He lived during the French Revolution and helped hide priests on the run.
The tradition of preserving the body parts of holy Catholics goes back to the Middle Ages in Italy.
When the St. Catherine of Siena died in Rome, her hometown Siena wanted her remains.
However, they did not want to get caught with the whole body and decided to just take their head.  Vianney is considered the patron saint of pastors in the parish, who is known to hear confessions for endless hours with such an ear that he attracted Catholics from all over Europe.
The organization said on Friday, the name of the tour also refers to the good character that should belong to every priest.
Vianney is considered the patron saint of parish priests, friends of endless confessions and have an understanding that he attracted Catholics from all over Europe. 19659023] Father Daniel Hennessey (left) and Father Michael Harrington (right) bear the sacred relic of the Heart of St. John Vianney at the St. John's Seminary in Boston on October 12 ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
. Father Daniel Hennessey (left) and Father Michael Harrington (right) carry the sacred relic of the Heart of St. John Vianney on October 12 at St. John's Seminary in Boston
. "Vianney was famous for his tireless work for his people, especially in the confessional, and for the sanctity of his life."
"He would also tell them the sins they left out because he instinctively felt who they were." says Joseph Cullen, a member of the Knights of Columbus, "but he had a heart of gold."
Next week, Vianney's heart will be in schools and churches in other parts of New York City – Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn – and Long Island as well as other featured venues on the East Coast.
. The relic is due to return to its permanent residence in a French shrine in Ars at the beginning of June. The US tour started in November.
"Vianney was recognized as a saint by the Church, and since then priests have honored him in particular, seeing him as a good model of how to live their lives," said Monsignor Robert Ritchie, who worked as a pastor in the Parishes of the Bronx and Harlem.
& # 39; It's a perfect time, especially for priests amidst the scandals and all the stories that take place, we need an example of someone who is good, holy and pure . "