Religion: St. Vincent's Finger

To Manhattan's handsome Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, many a Catholic went last week to venerate the church's latest acquisition. Exposed during a solemn novena was a gilded silver reliquary containing a finger joint of St. Vincent Ferrer—one of the largest major relics extant of a man who was one of the greatest evangelists of all time. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419), of knightly Spanish birth, belonged to the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans). For 50 years he lived austerely, declined all honors. With middle age came Vincent Ferrer's renown as a wonder worker. He...

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