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Labour, Italian Knights of
Benedict, Abbot
Lame, the
Landulph, Cornwall
Langres cathedral
Lanhydroc, Cornwall
Latin American bishops
Law, schools or faculties of
Thomas More, Yves, Raymond of Pennafort, Ivo of Kermartin
Lay Apostolate
Lecce, Italy
Lennox, Scotland
Lens, France
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Librarians, libraries
Liege, Belgium
Hubert of Liege
Lighthouse keepers
Lightning, protection against
Magnus of Fussen, Vitus
Limerick, Ireland
Linz, Austria
Casimir, Cunegund, Hyacinth
Living Rosary
Llanbrothen, Wales
Llandunwyd, Glamorgan
Llangibby, Monmouthshire, Wales
Llangybi, Cardigan, Wales
Llanover, Gwent, Wales
Llanrhyddlad, Anglesey, Wales
Loc-Har, Brittany, France
Nicholas of Myra
Lost articles
Lost or desperate causes
Louisiana, USA
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Lugo, Spain
Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted
Léon, Spain
lamp makers
Our Lady of Loreto
last sacraments
Stanislaus Kostka
laundry workers, laundresses, washerwomen
lawsuits lost unjustly
Nicholas of Myra
lay brothers
lay people, laity
lead workers
leg disease or trouble
liberal arts
longevity, long life
loss of milk by nursing mothers
lost keys, against losing keys
lost vocations
lungs; chest; respiratory problems

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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