St Joseph continues to protect the Catholic Church, just like he protected the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus, Pope Francis said at his general audience yesterday. Source: CNA.
“In the Gospel of Luke, Joseph appears as the guardian of Jesus and of Mary. And for this reason, he is also ‘the Guardian of the Church’,” the Pope said at the livestreamed gathering in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
Quoting Patris corde, his 2020 apostolic letter on St Joseph, he added: “If [Joseph] was the custodian of Jesus and Mary, now that he is in heaven, he works and continues to be the custodian, in this case, of the Church; ‘For the Church is the continuation of the Body of Christ in history, even as Mary’s motherhood is reflected in the motherhood of the Church. In his continued protection of the Church’ — please do not forget this: today Joseph protects the Church — ‘he continues to protect the child and his mother.’”
This was Pope Francis’ second week in a catechetical series on St Joseph. He said that “although apparently marginal, discreet, and in the background,” the saint “is in fact a central element in the history of salvation”.
The Pope’s message focused on the genealogy of Jesus as recounted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and what this can teach us about St Joseph.
“Both Evangelists present Joseph not as the biological father, but, however, as fully the father of Jesus,” he said. “Through him, Jesus fulfills the history of the covenant and salvation between God and man.”
Pope Francis noted that for those who struggle to find meaningful human bonds in their life, who feel alone, or lack strength or courage, St Joseph is “an ally, a friend, and a support”.
Pope Francis: St Joseph is protecting the Catholic Church (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA)