The pope designates from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 as the year of St. Joseph.

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Some Basic Facts…

Pope Francis announced a “Year of St. Joseph” on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – in honor of the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s proclamation in 1870 of St. Joseph as “Patron of the Universal Church” (Quemadmodum Deus). The “Year of St. Joseph” began on December 8, 2020, and will conclude on December 8, 2021, according to the Decree authorized by the Pope.

The Decree states that Pope Francis established a “Year of St. Joseph” so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.” The Decree adds that the Pope has granted special Indulgences to mark the year. The December 8, 2020 Decree was issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary, which is the dicastery of the Roman Curia that oversees the practice of Indulgences.

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