Articles of Faith | On Devotion to St. Joseph, Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII

In December 2020, with the Apostolic Letter "Patris corde" (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalled the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021. One hundred thirty-one years earlier, his papal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII presented St. Joseph as a model at a time when the world and the Church were wrestling with the challenges posed by modernity. With the encyclical "Quamquam pluries," Leo XIII was the first pope to draw the lines of a theology of Saint Joseph, with clearly defined titles that fit into the history of salvation, of human redemption, both at the level of the incarnation, as husband of Mary and father of Jesus, and at the level of the Church's life, as its natural protector. The pope stated the challenges facing the Church and urged Catholics to pray to Saint Joseph, as the patron of the Church. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, in this "Year of Saint Joseph" and henceforward, let us Ite ad Ioseph, "Go to Joseph!" (Gen 41:55). For more from Pope Leo XIII, "On Devotion to Saint Joseph," please click on the image. Peace be with you!