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Prince and Patron of the Universal Church
Pope Pius IX proclaimed Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church in 1870. Having died in the ‘arms of Jesus and Mary’ according to Catholic tradition, he is considered the model of the pious believer who receives grace at the moment of death, in other words, the patron of a happy death.
St. Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the husband of the Virgin Mary.
19th March is the feast day of St Joseph