St. Joseph in the Magisterium of the Popes

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Saint Joseph was proclaimed Patron of the Church 150 years ago by Pope Pius IX.
Leo XIII was the first Pope in history to dedicate an entire encyclical to Saint Joseph, the Quamquam Pluries.
Pius X approved the litanies of St. Joseph and invited the faithful to honor him on the Wednesday, dedicated to him.

Benedict XV dedicated the motu proprio Bonum Sane to St. Joseph.
Pius XII instituted the feast of St Joseph the Worker on May 1, and John XXIII appointed him patron of the Second Vatican Council.


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