SPAIN – The French diocese of Vannes, in which St. Vincent Ferrer died in 1419 andwhere he is buried in the Cathedral, has adhered to the petition to declare the saint aDoctor of the Church. This was confirmed by the bishop Raymond Centène, who wasreceived by the Archbishop of Valencia (Spain), Carlos Osoro.
Mgr. Centène declared that he had spoken to the Archbishop about this proposal, whichis being promoted by the Dominican Order, to whom the saint from Valencia belonged,and the Chapter of the Knights of Saint Vincent Ferrer, together with several other entities,in order to «start this work together», as the Archdiocese of Valencia informed.The French bishop cited the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Valenciaand the Bishoprics of Vannes, Valencia and Perpignan, among the institutions that participatein this proposal.
This proposal wants to «indicate Saint Vincent Ferrer as an eminent master of the faithfor the faithful of all times», as was asserted by the president of the Knights of SaintVincent Ferrer, Ignacio Carrau.
Mgr. Centène recalled that each year thousands of Valencians make the pilgrimage tothe Cathedral of Vannes in order to venerate the relics of their patron saint. The temple,built during the 13th century in the gothic style, guards the tomb of the Valencian saint whodied in the French city on the 5th of April 1419.
During his four day visit to the Diocese of Valencia, the French bishop met the provincialand the community of the Dominicans and other civil authorities in the house where SaintVincent Ferrer was born.
Special thanks to the Brethren at the Curia for this article.