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Tanya9 (Posted by) Level 3

I just received an email from a priest who informed me that today is the 200th anniversary of the day that St. John Vianney, arrived at his parish in Ars and began his work as a pastor with the care of souls.

The care of souls.

Cura - Animarum

Cura animarum.

You don’t hear much about that concept today. The parish priest has a mission to fulfill that derives ultimately from the mission given by Christ to the Apostles. They exercise this mission through Holy Orders and due appointment. Aligned with the Church’s apostolic mission and faithful to it, they have a special bond with the people under their care, to care for their souls, to help them to heaven through teaching, governing and sanctifying, through adherence to and proper use of Creed, Code and Cult, each of which is ordered precisely for the end of the cura animarum: salvation of souls.

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St. John Vianney, who would become the great Patron of parish priests – got lost on his way to Ars and had to ask the right direction from a couple of...
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