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'The first reading at Mass of St Patrick, from Jeremiah, gives us a wonderful image of God touching the mouth of the prophet so that he will speak not his own words, but God’s'

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A detail from Saint Joseph and the Christ Child by Guido Reni (CNS)

St Teresa had a neat explanation as to why St Joseph, whose novena starts today, is so successful in answering our prayers

A new born baby grasps the thumb of her mother

Feminist propaganda has posited the idea that being at home with your children is less exciting than going into the work-place

Pope Francis blesses sick people as he leaves St Peter's Square today (CNS)

Pope Francis had a message for fathers at his general audience today

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis embraces   Benedict XVI  before the consecration ceremony in the Vatican gardens (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff recites prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St Joseph and St Michael the Archangel

St Joseph, by Guido Reni

Now more than ever, in an age of male worklessness around the world, Mary’s spouse is vital

Benedict XVI, who was baptised Joseph, first approved the change (CNS)

Pope Francis confirmed the decision originally made by Benedict XVI

The Pope speaks to participants in the Rome pastoral convention (AP)

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The modified papal coat of arms

Symbols adjusted on papal coat of arms

Changes made to spikenard flower and star to better reflect importance of Mary and St Joseph