July 1, 2013

Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have a special devotion to St. Joseph and have assured that devotion regularly will be shared at Mass by Catholics around the world.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments said Pope Francis confirmed a decision originally made by Pope Benedict to include St. Joseph permanently in the Eucharistic Prayers used at most Masses in the Latin rite.

A decree signed May 1 by congregation officials said Pope Benedict had approved adding after the name of the Virgin Mary, the words "with blessed Joseph, her spouse."