A portrait of the Curé of Ars in St. Peter's Basilica

Source: FSSPX News

At the General Audience of November 30, 2011 in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a portrait of the Holy Curé of Ars (1786-1859). Presented by the Most Reverend Guy Bagnard, Bishop of Belley-Ars, the painting of the patron saint of parish priests was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. The pope had previously quoted St. Jean Marie Vianney as an example, inviting Christians to re-learn “the importance of prayer in our lives.” The painting will be installed in the great sacristy of the Vatican basilica to commemorate the Year for Priests, which took place June 2009 to June 2010 and which was proclaimed by Benedict XVI. This is a copy of the portrait painted in 1876 by the Englishman Arthur Shelley and is considered to be the most authentic depiction of the holy priest. (Sources: Apic / imedia - DICI No. 247 of 23/12/11)