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Pope Francis explains the value of everyday Christians in his General Audience

Pope Francis continued his series of catechesis on St. Joseph at his General Audience. He explained that the Gospels demonstrates St. Joseph's central role in the history of salvation. 

The Pope used the example of St. Joseph to show that although individuals may feel insignificant in God's plans, they are instead central in spreading the Gospel message of salvation. 

He also said that St. Joseph's life models the value of human ties in our fractured world, and that Christians must seek to strengthen these ties through works of charity. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our continuing catechesis on Saint Joseph, we now consider his important role in salvation history. The genealogies in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke present Jesus as the “son of Joseph,” and affirm that, while not his biological father, Joseph nevertheless exercises a true fatherhood in his regard.

Matthew shows that Joseph, though an apparently marginal figure, is in fact central to the unfolding of salvation history and the fulfillment of God’s promises. This reminds us that we too are called to play our own part, however small, in spreading the saving message of the Gospel. Luke portrays Joseph as the protector of Jesus and Mary. He likewise carries on this role as Protector of the Universal Church, the continuation of the Body of Christ in history.

The genealogy of Joseph also reminds our often fractured world of the importance of the human ties that precede and follow us. As we seek to strengthen those ties, and protect our vulnerable brothers and sisters through fraternal works of charity, let us trust in Joseph’s prayers and imitate his humble and loyal role in God’s plan of salvation.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England and the United States of America. In particular, I greet the priests from various dioceses of England and Wales who are celebrating their sixtieth anniversary of ordination. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord. May God bless you!