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French priest’s 150-year-old heart on view in New England

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BOSTON –Roman Catholics in Massachusetts will have a rare chance to worship before the literal heart of a saint.

The 150-year-old “incorruptible heart” of Saint Jean Vianney will be displayed starting Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Boston Archdiocese’s mother church. It also will be on view in the week in Braintree, Walpole and Salem.

The relic is passing through New England as part of a nationwide tour sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternity. It’s been displayed at churches in New York, Rhode Island and Maine and will also visit Connecticut and other states.

Vianney was a French priest in the 1800s famous for spending hours hearing people’s confessions. He was canonized in 1925 and is considered the patron saint of parish priests.

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