Charles Auguste Marie Joseph, Comte de Forbin-Janson

Bishop of Nancy and Toul, born Paris, France, 1785; died near Marseilles, France, 1844. Sacrificing a political career under Napoleon, he became a priest in 1811, and with Abbe de Rauzan founded the Missionaries of France. He was raised to the episcopate, 1824, but had to leave France, as he refused to sign the Gallican declaration of 1682. At the request of Bishop Flaget and Bishop Purcell, he was sent by Gregory XVI on a successful missionary tour through the United States and Canada, 1839-1841, and in 1842 went to Rome, where he was made a Roman count and Assistant at the Pontifical Throne. The following year he returned to France and founded the Association of the Holy Childhood.

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