“Be Close to Your Children”: Pope Francis’ St. Joseph Day Message for Fathers

St. Joseph and the Young Jesus

"Be close to your children," Pope Francis said today to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.  "They need you.  Just as St. Joseph was close to Jesus in his physical, psychological and spiritual growth, you too must be guardians in age, wisdom and grace." *     *     *     *     * Every Wednesday, crowds gather in St. Peter's Square at 11 a.m. to hear the Holy Father teach about matters of faith, and to receive his apostolic blessing.  Today, on the Feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis held up … [Read more...]


Today, March 19, is the feastday of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and adoptive father of Jesus.  But what do we know about this gentle man who was entrusted with the care of the Son of God?Not much.  We know a little about him from the Gospel of Matthew and that of Luke. He was just, yet compassionate.  When, during the period of his betrothal to Mary, he discovered her to be pregnant, he did not want her to face humiliation and even stoning; so he determined to quietly divorce her.He was poo … [Read more...]