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By FRANK ELTMAN, AP
MERRICK, N.Y. (Oct. 6) - In life, St. John Vianney was a revered 19th-century French clergyman who was said to be blessed with the ability to read the hearts of worshippers. In death, his own heart has become an object of worship.

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For reasons unknown, Vianney's body never decayed after death, and his heart and body have been encased in separate glass reliquaries in France for more than a century.

The heart is being brought to the U.S. for the first time this weekend to help Long Island's Cure of Ars church celebrate its 80th anniversary. Pastors from some of the Roman Catholic parishes around the country that also bear Vianney's name are flying in for the occasion, and thousands of worshippers are expected.

The Rev. Charles Mangano said hosting the relic at his American parish - the first named is Vianney's honor - was a "historical moment for our country, our diocese, our church."

Vianney served in the French village of Ars, where he died in 1859. When his body was exhumed in 1904 because of his pending beatification, it was found intact. Except for one time in 1925, when the heart was taken to Rome for Vianney's canonization, it has never left France.

"It's an actual heart, 3-D, not in any kind of gel or formaldehyde," said Mangano, who first saw the heart last year while on a retreat to Ars. "It's brownish color. When you get really close to it, the center is still pinkish-red. Everything else around it is all like browned with age.

"It's really extraordinary."

After five days of services beginning Saturday, the heart will be taken to a Boston parish before returning to France.

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:snork_hams: :snork_hams: :snork_hams:The Coyote thought I had the Food Channel on for a minute there and started smacking her furry lips!! :snork_hams: :snork_hams:

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I heard about that on the news, and thought it was disgusting.  It's a piece of dead rotting human flesh!

I have to wonder though, just what happened to his *ahem* other parts.

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It's on the altar of some church in France. Patron Saint of Dieters. Take one look at his old decrepit carcass and you lose your appetite for a week. :snork_lach:

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Any stupid idea is OK if it supports the collective delusional state of religious belief.  Or so it would seem.

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How the hell is Pie in the Sky-daddy supposed to resurrect this Vianny fellow without his heart? Or will he just resurrect the heart by itself?

If this heart is in such fine shape, maybe it could be used by someone who needs a heart transplant really badly!

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Oh come on.  The same way he's gonna resurrect everyone else who was eaten by worms and bacteria after their burial!

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Oh come on.  The same way he's gonna resurrect everyone else who was eaten by worms and bacteria after their burial!


Yes. In other words, not at all.

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Can we guild the edges of buybulls with depleted uranium yet?

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Can we guild the edges of buybulls with depleted uranium yet?


DU: For that Holy Bible glow!

Wrt the heart, well, I was eating dinner. Was. Methinks the dear saint drank so much holy wine that it pickled his insides for posterity. :drunken_smilie1:

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I can feel the warmth, U238.

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Methinks the dear saint drank so much holy wine that it pickled his insides for posterity. :drunken_smilie1:


Oh, that might have looked like wine, and it might have smelled like wine, and it might have had the molecular chemistry of wine; but if the super-duper special magic spell was cast while that wine was in a special golden chalice held at a sooper-seekrit angle, then that wine was literally and actually the blood of Jesus H. Christ.

Blood is a good source of iron, and rich in potassium and hemoglobin.  Good catholic priests sometimes drink a pint or two per day.  Anecdotal evidence suggests they prefer the blood of teenage and pre-pubescent children.

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Oh come on.  The same way he's gonna resurrect everyone else who was eaten by worms and bacteria after their burial!


Oh, you mean it ain't gonna happen?  [smilie=damn.gif]

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Methinks the dear saint drank so much holy wine that it pickled his insides for posterity. :drunken_smilie1:

Blood is a good source of iron, and rich in potassium and hemoglobin.  Good catholic priests sometimes drink a pint or two per day.  Anecdotal evidence suggests they prefer the blood of teenage and pre-pubescent children.


Those damned vampires! Why don't they suck on something besides blood? Oh, wait a minute...

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Resurection aint gonna happen. I'm telling you it's gonna be re-incarnation and I'm coming back as a Lobster!

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Resurection aint gonna happen. I'm telling you it's gonna be re-incarnation and I'm coming back as a Lobster!


Hey, that's a clever choice! At least nobody that believes in the God of Abraham will try to eat you.

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Resurection aint gonna happen. I'm telling you it's gonna be re-incarnation and I'm coming back as a Lobster!


Hey, that's a clever choice! At least nobody that believes in the God of Abraham will try to eat you.


Wanna bet?

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Resurection aint gonna happen. I'm telling you it's gonna be re-incarnation and I'm coming back as a Lobster!


Hey, that's a clever choice! At least nobody that believes in the God of Abraham will try to eat you.


Wanna bet?


But, but, but - if The White Coyote comes back as a lobster, and some Jeebustarian tries to eat him, surely their blood shall be upon them!

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Surely, indeed! Their Wholly Babble doesn't keep them from eating pork, so lobsters aren't likely to be avoided. Poor, poor, White Coyote! But then, I doubt we get any choice in the matter of what kind of critter we'll return as, so maybe he'll be OK.


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