Pope Francis and Saint Joseph

photograph of the current St. Joseph “prayer space” or shrine that the Holy Father has set up in his apartment at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, otherwise known as the “Vatican Hotel”

The statue of St. Joseph sleeping that Pope Francis keeps in his room.

The Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate for Pope Francis took place on March 19, Saint Joseph’s Day. Joseph is one of Pope Francis’ most beloved saints. He explained why during his trip to the Philippines in January.

Video published to YouTube on Mar 19, 2015.

Video Transcript

The Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate for Pope Francis took place on March 19, Saint Joseph’s Day. Joseph is one of Pope Francis’ most beloved saints. He explained why during his trip to the Philippines in January:

“I like St. Joseph very much. He’s a strong man of silence. On my desk, I have an image of St. Joseph sleeping. Sleeping, he looks after the Church.”

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Pope Francis advised the people to leave a note under the image of the saint for whenever they have a problem:

“Just as Christ revealed to those with him in this moment of rest the road, as we pause from all mandated obligations and activities, God is also speaking to us.”

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St. Joseph is described in the Gospel as a discreet but determined man, virtues that Pope Francis values:

“Like St. Joseph, once we have heard God’s voice, we must rise from our slumber. We must get up and act.”

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Pope Francis said on that occasion that faith does not distance us from the world. On the contrary, it brings us closer. For that reason, St. Joseph is a model father for the Christian family. He overcame the difficulties of life because he rested with God.

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Catherine is a member of Our Lady of Mercy Lay Carmelite Community. “An apostle must pay with himself for those he wants to win [for Christ].” Divine Intimacy, 326,2