- Apr 11, 2021
In a rare new interview with a German newspaper, retired pope Benedict XVI praised his successor’s devotion to St. Joseph, and thanked Pope Francis for instituting a special year dedicated to his namesake.
For the 50-plus years Father Donald Fest has been a Josephite, he has watched his Baltimore-based religious community unsuccessfully petition the Vatican to declare a universal Year of St. Joseph.
Families need the care and attention of the church, but they also have so much to offer its pastoral programs and priests, said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
Pope Francis has launched a special year dedicated to St. Joseph to coincide with the anniversary of his declaration as Patron of the Catholic Church, hailing him as a model of fatherhood and a key intercessor in modern times.