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Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast

Jan 10, 2019

The incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, is coming to the Basilica of Saint Mary on January 15 and 16 as part of its tour in the United States. On this episode of the podcast, Basilica Rector Father Edward Hathaway talks about Vianney's life adn the importance of this relic. He also explains what relics are and why Catholics venerate them. 

Founded in 1795, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria is the first Catholic parish established in Virginia. Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica on December 6, 2017 due to its important role in the growth of the Catholic Church in North America.