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Naples, Italy Andrew Avellino, Januarius
National Guard, Venezuelan Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Naval officers Francis of Paola
Navy, Argentinian Mary, The Madonna of Castaliazzo or Our Lady of Grace and of Crete
Navy, Bolivian Our Lady of Copacabana
Navy, Philippine Our Lady of the Rosary, 'La Naval'
Navy, Spanish Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Navy, Venezuelan Our Lady of Valle
Nearsightedness, short-sightedness Clarus, Abbot
Nebraska, USA Our Lady of the Presentation
Neighborhood watch Sebastian
Nervous diseases Vitus, Dymphna
Netherlands Willibrord
Nettle Rash, protection against Benedict
Neurological disorders Dymphna
Nevada, USA Our Lady of Las Vegas
New Caledonia Mary, on feast of her Assumption
New Hampshire, USA Our Lady of Perpetual Help
New Jersey, USA Our Lady of Fatima
New Mexico, USA Our Lady of Guadalupe
New York, USA Our Lady Help of Christians
New Zealand Our Lady Help of Christians
Nicaragua James the Greater
Nigeria Mary, Queen of Nigeria, Patrick
Nightmares, protection against Raphael the Archangel
Nocera, Italy Raynald of Nocera
Nonantola, Italy Anselm of Nonantola
North Africa Cyprian of Carthage
North Carolina, USA Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
North Dakota, USA Mary, Queen of Peace
Norway Olaf of Norway, Magnus of Orkney
Norwegian west coast Sunniva
Notaries Luke, Mark, Ivo of Kermartin
Numismatists Eligius (Eloi)
Nuremburg, Germany Sebaldus
Nurses Agatha, Camillus de Lellis, John of God
Nurses of mentally ill Dymphna
Nurses' associations Camillus de Lellis
Nurses, Italian Catherine of Genoa, Catherine of Siena
Nurses, Peruvian Rose of Lima
Nursing mothers Basilissa, Giles
nail makers Cloud
native rights Turibius of Mogroveio
native traditions Alonso Rodriguez
natural disasters Agatha
natural sciences Albertus Magnus
navigators Erasmus (Elmo), Expeditus, Francis Xavier, Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Francis of Paola
needle makers Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
net makers Peter the Apostle
neuralgia Ubald Baldassini
newlyweds Nicholas of Myra
news dealers Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
novices of the Oblates of Saint Joseph John Berchmans
nuns Blessed Virgin Mary, Bridgid of Ireland, Gertrude the Great, Scholastica
nursing services Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth of Hungary

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What is a patron saint?

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.

Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. Angels can also be named as patron saints. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint's life and when we ask for that saint's intercessory prayers to God.

For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass -- even though it was taking place miles away.

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