Rome Newsroom, Aug 4, 2020 / 10:58 am
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, was in Ars Tuesday for the feast of St. John Vianney, the patron of priests.
Parolin offered Mass at the Ars shrine, where St. John Vianney is buried, Aug. 4. He later gave a speech on the saint.
The Curé of Ars, as St. John Vianney was known, is "very relevant," Parolin said in his homily. "In these difficult times, he teaches us to transmit joy and hope through the witness of our personal life."
The cardinal also called the saint an example of holiness for all Catholics, because he "teaches us that intimate personal union with Christ helps to conform our desires to the will of God, fills us with joy and happiness, helps us to be salt and light of the world."