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John Vianney, Saint of the Confessional

The Church commemorates St. John Vianney each year on August 4. 

By: Patricia Mitchell

John Vianney, Saint of the Confessional: The Church commemorates St. John Vianney each year on August 4.  by Patricia Mitchell

On a gray and misty late afternoon in February 1818, a thirty-one-year-old priest reached the outskirts of a backwater village north of Lyons, France. Immediately, he knelt down on the roadside and prayed.

Fr. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, just beginning his first assignment as pastor, was already interceding for a mission that he knew to be beyond...

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