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Thursday, October 12, 2006

The heart of a saint



(The heart of St. John Vianney, on display at a church in Merrick, N.Y. last weekend)

When St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests, died in 1859, his heart was removed because it was thought to be incorrupt. It remains a venerated relic within the Catholic church.

Tomorrow the Archdiocese of Boston will host the sacred relic at St. Mary's Church, 133 School St., Waltham.

Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be a procession of the relic into the church, followed by a prayer. At 6 p.m., there will be a talk on the saint's life, followed by a Mass at 7 p.m. The ceremonies will end with a prayer at 10 p.m. led by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.

The event is open to the public. The Archdiocese is also planning private events today at St. John's Seminary in Brighton for clergy and another public event Saturday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

More information is available here.

-- Erica Tochin

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