400-year-old heart of Catholic saint arrives in Shreveport

Father Peter Mangum holds the holy heart of St. John Berchmans for those who want to touch and see it at Cathedral of St. John Berchmans to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition and Miracle of St. John Berchmans. (Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith/The Shreveport Times)

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) – A 400-year-old human heart that belongs to a Catholic saint is making a temporary home at a Shreveport church.

The Shreveport Times (http://bit.ly/2hbGbne ) reports that the heart of St. John Berchmans arrived Thursday at a Shreveport church that bares the saint’s name.

It is the first time the relic has left the church in Belgium that it calls home.

It will be on display at the Shreveport cathedral until Dec. 18 and then it returns to Belgium.

The heart is enshrined in a silver and gold reliquary.

Father Peter Mangum from the cathedral says after the first service featuring the heart that the “faith and devotion” he’s seen has been “overwhelming.”

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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