Patron Saint of Italians

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Patron Saint of Italians

Postby ForzaItaliaPgh » 13 Oct 2010, 01:40

Ciao tutti,

Here is something that I've often wondered about and maybe someone here can shed some light on for me. I've always heard from family that Saint Joseph is the patron saint of Italians.

But, I've discovered, St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Italy. Which makes more sense as he is Italian.

BUT, apparently, the number one most prayed to saint in Italy (more even than the Madonna) is... Padre Pio. :(

So, who exactly (if anyone) is the "official" patron saint of Italians, Joseph, Pio, or Francis? Anyone know?
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Re: Patron Saint of Italians

Postby maestra36 » 13 Oct 2010, 01:56

I believe the official patron saint of Italy is Saint Francis of Assisi
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Re: Patron Saint of Italians

Postby Squigy » 13 Oct 2010, 02:52

Don't forget Catherine of Siena, who is also Patron Saint of Italy along with Saint Francis of Assisi.
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Re: Patron Saint of Italians

Postby Italysearcher » 13 Oct 2010, 07:17

Of course each town has its own Patron Saint and each Italian has their own preferred Saint.
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Re: Patron Saint of Italians

Postby DeFilippis78 » 19 Oct 2010, 01:44

Yes, each town has their own patron saint. Francis of Assisi is patron saint of Italy and Catherine of Siena is patroness. Padre Pio is very much loved (Im one of them) because he is a more recent saint in Italy with many miracles tied to him and died in 1968. So many people are still alive who knew St Pio very well. Francis (Franciscan order) and Catherine (Dominican order) are much older saints but very recognized in the Church and Italy. Also St Joseph is the patron saint of the whole Catholic Church itself.
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