- Jun 2, 2020
With a statue of St. Joseph, mallet in hand, placed near the altar, Pope Francis dedicated his morning Mass May 1 to workers, especially those paid unjustly or virtually enslaved.
St. Joseph is the patron saint of retired Pope Benedict XVI — Joseph Ratzinger — but Pope Francis’ devotion to the husband of Mary and guardian of Jesus is clear as well.
One Catholic priest is urging individuals, couples, groups, schools, parishes, dioceses and the entire church to consecrate themselves to St. Joseph.
Although never depicted in the biblical accounts, the marriage between Mary and Joseph is a subject which has long fascinated theologians and artists. Crux interviewed the author of a new book on the subject.
While St. Joseph was a practical, down-to-earth man, he had enough faith to be open to God speaking through dreams, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.
Pope Francis told the Oblates of St. Joseph that for decades he has relied on the intercession of St. Joseph, and “never, ever has he told me no.”