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The patron of the universal church

Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. "St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all," he said.

Brothers and sisters, may you have a great devotion to St. Joseph, taking him as your model and his way of life as your rule of life. Firstly, because of his mission which made him responsible for the upbringing of the Incarnate Word, you will see Him in all the children you instruct.

Secondly, remember that just as St. Joseph learned from the example given him by Jesus Christ, so the simplicity and innocence of the children should be a lesson to you in the practice of these same virtues.

Draw, also, particular inspiration from St. Joseph's life of silence and prayer.” Nicolas Barré


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