New apostolic letter, 'Patris corde,' launches observance that begins Dec. 8, 2020.

On the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX's declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has issued a new apostolic letter entitled Patris corde, and proclaimed a special “Year of St. Joseph,” beginning on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.

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