Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pope Francis cheers on fathers during St. Joseph general audience.

On the feast day of St. Joseph, Pope Francis spoke directly to dads, encouraging them to follow the example of St. Joseph and remain close to their children.

Pope Francis follows the example of St. Joseph, and blesses a child. Our clergy are father figures too.

Pope Francis follows the example of St. Joseph, and blesses a child. Our clergy are father figures too.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Pope Francis, St. Joseph, family, fathers, dads, example


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Yesterday was the feast day of St. Joseph and Pope Francis used the occasion to tell dads around the world to stay close to their children.

During his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis addressed fathers saying, "I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side. They need you, your presence, to be there, your love!"

Browse the exquisite St. Joseph's collection. Perfect for all Fathers!

Pope Francis explained that St. Joseph was a guardian and drew parallels to teachers, catechists, parents, religious, and priests. Even priests are called to follow the example of St. Joseph as they are Fathers of their congregations.

Pope Francis called fathers to grow in "wisdom and grace," and asked mothers to join in that mission too. "it would be a serious mistake to think that a father and a mother can't do anything to teach their children to grow in God's grace," he said.

As we know, God was the true father of Jesus, yet St. Joseph also said yes to God. He obeyed God's will and cared for Mary and Jesus all the days of his life. He taught Jesus his trade and ensured Jesus was raised according to God's will, for Jesus was born as a human and as such he had human needs.

St. Joseph met these needs without complaint or question.

Men are called to do the same as St. Joseph and meet the needs of their children likewise.

Pope Francis took a celebratory tone towards the end of his message. "Learn from him that only trust in God can turn doubt into certainty, evil into good, total darkness of the night into a radiant dawn!" Then he asked for all of the fathers in the crowd to raise their hands. "Best wishes, all the best on your day!" he hailed.

Pope Francis concluded with the Our Father, joined by the multitudes in the jam-packed square.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

Man seeks bizarre RESTRAINING ORDER against God Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a strange request, an Israeli man has petitioned for a restraining order against God.     LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Representing himself in court, the unnamed man entered the Haifa Magistrate's Court in Israel and claimed God had been ... continue reading


'The doctors were shocked': Conjoined twins share unusual bond Watch

Image of The girls may be closer than most but they display very different personalities (Caters News Agency).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A beautiful set of newborn triplets were delivered via C-section at the Tanjungpinang Regional Genearal Hospital in Indonesia. The girls were strong and healthy with ten little toes and ten little fingers each - but there was one little problem: Two of the girls were ... continue reading


The gruesome way scientists are killing unborn babies in school labratories, with the consent of law Watch

Image of A human baby belongs in its mother's womb, not a petri dish or a garbage can.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have been conducting horrifying experiments on unborn babies, fertilizing eggs and seeing how long before they die in a test tube, outside of the womb. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's sounds like a horrifying lab experiment out of a prequel to ... continue reading


Top 10 Mother's Day gifts to surprise your mom Watch

Image of How will you surprise your mom this Mother's Day?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Are you tired of giving your mother the same old Mother's Day gifts? How many more pictures does mom really need? Perhaps it's time to stop ordering the same old flowers and move on to something a little more exciting. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Moms are not ... continue reading


Top 10 mothers from the Bible Watch

Image of Top 10 Biblical moms (Pinterest).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Mothers are God's gift to us all. It is mothers who tend to love us with an unbridled passion and who can kiss all our boo-boos away - but what about the mothers of the Bible? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Bible mentions several mothers and each of them teach ... continue reading


Top 12 Bible Verses for Mom Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The dictionary definition of a mother reads, "Mother: noun. A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth." However, a mom is so much more than the person who has given birth to the child. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Your mom is the one ... continue reading


Spark of Life: Scientists discover moment souls enter eggs at the time of conception Watch

Image of Researchers discovered a spark at the moment human eggs are fertilized (Angels/Fanpop).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a miraculous, literally life-changing discovery, scientists have discovered the moment a soul enters a fertilized egg. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Catholics have long believed life begins at the moment of conception, which is why in vitro fertilization and ... continue reading


Amazing Christ sighting: Image reveals Jesus on the cross Watch

Image of Woman discovers Christ on cross during baby shower (Aley Meyer).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Mother-to-be Aley Meyer was so excited to have a child, she didn't notice the image of Christ until someone else pointed it out during her baby shower. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "She was like, 'do you see this?' And I was like, 'see what?' And she pointed to ... continue reading


Top 10 hilarious dog memes Watch

Image of Dogs are man's best friend - and sometimes they're downright hilarious!

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The internet may be full of cat videos but let's face it: Dogs are more expressive, more adorable and much more entertaining! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Calling all dog people! Have you ever wondered what your dog would say if it could speak people?Maybe your ... continue reading


5 things Catholics should NEVER do in their marriage Watch

Image of God wants the best for our relationships, so keep these tips in mind (John Yoder).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

If you've been married long enough to pass the honeymoon phase, you know maintaining a relationship can be hard - especially when you feel you aren't being heard or if you've begun to communicate through a series of screaming matches. So how can you keep calm and enjoy ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • 'The Evil': Exorcism classes forced on Spanish students
  • St. Thomas HD Video
  • Arising from Sleep HD Video
  • Pope Francis to EU: 'tear down the walls'
  • 28 killed in refugee camp targeted by Assad's missiles
  • Bl. Edward Jones: Saint of the Day for Friday, May 06, 2016
  • Daily Readings for Friday, May 06, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 18:9-18
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious, the great king over all the ... Read More

Gospel, John 16:20-23
20 'In all truth I tell you, you will be weeping and wailing while the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 6th, 2016 Image

Bl. Edward Jones
May 6: Blessed Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton, ... Read More