Jean du Vergier de Hauranne

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Jean du Vergier de Hauranne, abbot of Saint-Cyran (1581 - 1643) was a French monk who introduced Jansenism into France.

He was the spiritual director and the confessor of the convent of Port-Royal, which under his leadership from 1633 to 1636 became a center of Jansenism. He studied religion with Cornelius Jansen, and later became a regular correspondent with Jansen, urging him to prepare his book Augustinus, the source of the Jansenist teachings.

After the death of his friend Bérulle, he became the leader of a group of devotees, allied with the Parlement of Paris, which brought him into conflict with Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu caused him to be imprisoned at Vincennes in 1638, and he was not freed until after the Cardinal died, and died shortly thereafter.

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