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Pain; Cures from Pain; Pain Relief, protection against
Madron
Painters
Luke, Bl (Fra) Angelico
Pakistan
Palermo, Italy
Palestine
Mary, 'Queen of Palestine'
Palestinian Christians
Pallbearers
Panama
Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of Lujan
Paratroopers
Parenthood
Paris, France
Genevieve (Genofeva), Denis, Bishop of Paris
Parish Missions
Park-keepers
John Gualbert
Patras, Greece
Patricia, Italy
Pavia, Italy
Siro, Syrus of Pavia, Theodore of Pavia
Pawnbrokers
Nicholas of Myra, Bernardino of Feltre (Bd)
Pelota players, Argentinian
Pennsylvania, USA
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Pensioners, old age
Our Lady of Consolation, Teresa of Jesus Jornet e Ibars
Penzance, Cornwall, England
Perfumers, perfumiers
Nicholas of Myra
Pergamino, Argentina
Virgin of La Merced
Perjury, protection against
Peronne, France
Persecuted Christians
John De Martha
Persia; Iran
Pestilence (relief)
Petit Goave, Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes
Pets
Antony the Abbot
Pharmacists/Druggists
Philatelists
Philippines
Our Lady of Safe Travel, Our Lady of the Turumba, Rose of Lima, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Philosophers
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pudentiana, Rose of Lima
Physical Spouse Abuse; Victims of Spouse Abuse (physical), protection against
Physically Disabled
Physicians (diseases, contagious)
Piedmont
Piedmont region
Pilgrims
Nicholas of Myra, Christopher
Pilgrims (sick)
Pilots
Our Lady of Loreto
Pilots, maritime
Francis of Paola, Nicholas of Myra
Pisa, Italy
Ranieri
Plasterers
Bartholomew
Poets
David, Columba
Poison Sufferers
Benedict, Abbot, John the Apostle, Pirminus
Poison, protection against
Poland
Casimir, Florian, Mary, 'Queen of Poland', Stanislaus, Adalbert, Stanislaus Kostka
Police officers
Police, Italian
Police, Spanish
Our Lady of the Pillar
Police, Spanish, armed
The Guardian Angels
Police, local, municipal
Ponza, Italy
Silverio
Portsmouth, England
Nicholas of Myra
Portugal
Anthony of Padua, Francis Borgia, Gabriel the Archangel, George, Immaculate Conception of Mary
Possession (by the Devil)
Postal services
Postal workers
Potenza, Italy
Gerard of Potenza
Potholers (spelunkers)
Benedict, Abbot
Poverty or Impoverishment, protection against
Priests
Priests (Spanish, secular)
Printers
Augustine, Genesius, John of God
Prison guards, officers
Hippolytus, Processus and Martinian, Adrian of Nicomedia
Prison officers (Italian)
Prisoners (Italian)
Probus, Cornwall, England
Grace, Probus
Propagation of the Faith
Protector of Crops
Ansovinus
Public Health Service
Public Relations
Public education
Puebla, Mexico
Pueri Cantores
Pueri Cantors
Puerto Rico
Our Lady of Divine Providence
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
papal delegates
John XXIII
papermakers
paralysis, paralysed people
parents of large families
parents separated from children
Jeanne de Chantal
parish clerks
Nicholas of Myra
parks; park services
John Gualbert
pastry chefs
Honorius of Amiens, Macarius the Younger
pavement workers
peace; invoked as peacemaker
Barnabas, Elizabeth of Portugal, Francis of Paola, Infant Jesus of Prague
peasant girls, young country girls, girls who live in rural areas
peasants
pencil makers
penitent sinners
people in needd of grace
people rejected by religious orders
Benedict Joseph Labre, Clare, Henry II, Jeanne de Lestonnac
people ridiculed for their piety
Agostina Pietrantoni, Alodia, Angela of Foligno, Bernadette of Lourdes, Catherine of Genoa, Catherine of Siena, Elizabeth of Hungary
pewterers
photographers
piety
Holy Spirit
pin makers
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
pioneers
playing card manufacturers
Balthasar
plumbers
poisonous snakes
political prisoners
politicians
poor people, paupers
pork butchers and processors
Transfiguration of Our Lord
porters
Christopher, Leonard of Noblac, Theobald Roggeri
potters
Catherine of Alexandria, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Sebastian
poultry raisers, chicken farmers
precision instrument makers
Hubert of Liege
princes
princesses
Adelaide, Dymphna
printing presses
prisoners of war, pow's
prisoners, imprisonment, captives, imprisoned people
prisons
pro-life movement
prolonged suffering
Lydwina of Schiedam
protection against rats
protection of lambs
province of Burgenland
Martin of Tours
province of Carinthia
province of Lower Austria
Leopold III
province of Salzburg, Austria
province of Styria, Austria
province of Tyrol, Austria
province of Upper Austria
Leopold III
province of Vorarlberg, Austria
Gebhard
purse makers

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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