Pope Francis is marking the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church in a special way!

He has released a new , With a Father’s Heart (Patris corde), and proclaimed a special Year of Saint Joseph beginning on 12/8/20, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and extending to the same feast in 2021. Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a father who was beloved, tender, loving, obedient, accepting, creatively courageous, working, and in the shadows.

Pope Francis has also called for a time to celebrate the family. Officially named the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family,” this celebration begins on March 19, 2021, the fifth anniversary of his signing the apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) . It continues through the World Meeting of Families in Rome on June 26, 2022.

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