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The relic is carried into St Anthony's, Wythenshawe (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Davies says: ‘Without priests we would not have the Lord’

Bishop Bagnard, left, and Bishop Davies with the relic at Manchester Airport (Photo: Diocese of Salford)

Relic arrived at Manchester Airport earlier today

Benedict XVI walks past a picture of St John Vianney at his weekly general audience (CNS photo)

Bishop Mark Davies explains why he asked for the relic of the heart of the Curé d’Ars to visit England

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

Surely priests (and seminarians) from other dioceses should be spending time with their patron saint? Not to mention the rest of us

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

The heart of the patron saint of priests, St John Vianney, will be venerated in the Diocese of Shrewsbury next summer

The waving of the handkerchief is the traditional sign the liquefaction has happened (Photo: PA)

The day I saw a saint’s blood become liquid

Ten years ago in Naples on the feast of St Januarius I prayed as I had never done before

Archbishop Nichols views relics on show at the British Museum (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Is the ‘spiritual and emotive’ power of relics more important than their authenticity?

Archbishop Nichols views relics on show at the British Museum (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Treasures of Heaven opens today at the British Museum

Images of the late pope outside a souvenir shop in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

The blood was drawn from the late pope by his personal physician in case he ever needed a transfusion

Katherine Milby from Abbotsford prepares two vestments once owned by Cardinal Newman at Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home in the Scottish Borders (Photo: Paul Dodds)

Newman vestments to be shown to the Pope

Vestments worn by Cardinal Newman are to be shown to the Pope during his visit to Edinburgh