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Saints by Cause
Certain Catholic saints are associated with certain life situations. These patron saints intercede to God for us. We can take our special needs to them and know they will listen to our prayers, and pray to God with us. Click here to receive Saint of the Day in your email.

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Accountants Actors
  • St. Genesius
Addicts Advertising African-Americans AIDS patients Air travelers Alcoholics Altar servers
  • St. John Berchmans
Americas Anesthetists
  • St. Rene Goupil
Animals Archaeologists
  • St. Helen
Architects Argentina
  • Our Lady of Lujan
Art Artists Astronauts Astronomers Athletes Attorneys Australia
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
Authors Babies Bakers Bankers Baptism
  • St. John the Baptist
Barbers Bee keepers Beggars Belgium Blacksmiths
  • St. Dunstan
Blind Bodily ills Bohemia Bookkeepers Booksellers Boy Scouts Boys Brazil Breast disease, against Brewers Bricklayers Brides Broadcasters Builders Businessmen
  • St. Homobonus
Businesswomen
  • St. Margaret Clitherow
Butchers Cab drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Canada Cancer patients Carpenters Catechists Catechumens Catholic schools Catholic youth Charities Childbirth
  • St. Gerard Majella
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Children Chile China Choirboys Church Civil servants Clergy Colleges Colombia Comedians
  • St. Vitus
Communication workers Computers Construction workers Cooks Court clerks Dairy workers Dancers
  • St. Vitus
Deacons Deafness Death Denmark Dentists Desperate causes Difficult marriages Disabled Disasters
  • St. Genevieve
Doctors Dogs
  • St. Roch
Dominican Republic Drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Drug addiction Earaches Earthquakes Ecology Editors Engineers England Epilepsy
  • St. Vitus
  • St. Dymphna
  • St. Willibrord
Europe Eye disorders Falsely accused
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Farmers Fathers Firefighters Fishermen Florists Foundry workers France Funeral directors Gambling, compulsive behavior Gardeners
  • St. Fiacre
  • St. Adelard
Germany Girls Grandparents Gravediggers
  • St. Anthony the Abbot
Greece Greetings Grocers Grooms Gypsies Hairdressers Happy death Headaches Heart patients Homeless Horses Hospital administrators Hospitals Hotel keepers
  • St. Amand
Housewives Hungary Hunters
  • St. Hubert
  • St. Eustachius
Immigrants Impossible causes India
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
Infertility Insanity
  • St. Dymphna
Internet Invalids
  • St. Roch
Ireland Italy Japan Jewelers
  • St. Eligius
Jordan
  • St. John the Baptist
Journalists Judges Juvenile delinquents Kidney disease Knee problems
  • St. Roch
Laborers Latin America Lawyers Learning Librarians Lithuania Longevity Loss of parents Lost items Lovers Maids, domestic workers Married women Medical technicians Mentally ill
  • St. Dymphna
Merchants Messengers Metal workers
  • St. Eligius
Mexico Midwives
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Military members Miscarriage, prevention of
  • St. Catherine of Sweden
Missionaries Monks
  • St. John the Baptist
Mothers Motorists Musicians Mystics Netherlands
  • St. Willibrord
Neurological diseases
  • St. Dymphna
New Zealand
  • Our Lady Help of Christians
Nicaragua Nigeria North Africa North America
  • St. Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf and Companions
Norway
  • St. Olaf
Notaries Nuns Nurses Obstetricians
  • St. Raymond Nonnatus
Oceania Orators Orphans, abandoned children Painters Paraguay
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
Paralysis
  • St. Osmund
Parenthood Parish priests Pawnbrokers Penitents Perfumers Peru Pharmacists Philippines Philosophers Physicians Pilots Poets Poisoning Poland Police officers Politicians, public servants Poor Popes Portugal Postal workers Preachers Pregnant women Priests Printers Prisoners Prussia Public relations Race relations Radio Radiologists Reconciliation Retreats Rheumatism Robbers, danger from
  • St. Leonard of Noblac
Rome Russia Sailors Savings Scholars Schoolchildren Schools Scientists Scotland Sculptors
  • St. Claude
Secretaries
  • St. Genesius
Seminarians Serbia
  • St. Sava
Servants Shepherds Sick Skin diseases Slavic peoples Sobriety Social justice Social workers Soldiers South Africa
  • Our Lady of the Assumption
South America Spain Speakers Stomach disorders Students Surgeons Sweden
  • St. Bridget of Sweden
Switzerland
  • St. Nicholas von Flue
Tailors
  • St. Homobonus
Tax collectors Taxi drivers
  • St. Fiacre
Teachers Teenagers Telecommunications Television Theatrical performers
  • St. Genesius
Theologians Throat ailments Toothache Travelers Turkey Undertakers United States Universal Church Universities Uruguay Venereal disease
  • St. Fiacre
Venezuela
  • Our Lady of Coromoto
Veterinarians
  • St. Eligius
Vietnam Vintners
  • St. Amand
Vocations Waiters, waitresses Wales Weavers West Indies Widows Wine trade
  • St. Amand
  • St. Vincent of Zaragossa
Women in labor Workers Writers


John Paul II: “Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978. <br /><br />Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an “underground” seminary in Kraków. Ordained in 1946, he was immediately sent to Rome where he earned a doctorate in theology. <br /><br />Back in Poland, a short assignment as assistant pastor in a rural parish preceded his very fruitful chaplaincy for university students. Soon he earned a doctorate in philosophy and began teaching that subject at Poland’s University of Lublin. <br /><br />Communist officials allowed him to be appointed auxiliary bishop of Kraków in 1958, considering him a relatively harmless intellectual. They could not have been more wrong! <br /><br />He attended all four sessions of Vatican II and contributed especially to its <em>Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World</em>. Appointed as archbishop of Kraków in 1964, he was named a cardinal three years later. <br /><br />Elected pope in October 1978, he took the name of his short-lived, immediate predecessor. Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In time, he made pastoral visits to 124 countries, including several with small Christian populations. <br /><br />He promoted ecumenical and interfaith initiatives, especially the 1986 Day of Prayer for World Peace in Assisi. He visited Rome’s Main Synagogue and the Western Wall in Jerusalem; he also established diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel. He improved Catholic-Muslim relations and in 2001 visited a mosque in Damascus, Syria. <br /><br />The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, a key event in John Paul’s ministry, was marked by special celebrations in Rome and elsewhere for Catholics and other Christians. Relations with the Orthodox Churches improved considerably during his ministry as pope. <br /><br />“Christ is the center of the universe and of human history” was the opening line of his 1979 encyclical, <em>Redeemer of the Human Race</em>. In 1995, he described himself to the United Nations General Assembly as “a witness to hope.” <br /><br />His 1979 visit to Poland encouraged the growth of the Solidarity movement there and the collapse of communism in central and eastern Europe 10 years later. He began World Youth Day and traveled to several countries for those celebrations. He very much wanted to visit China and the Soviet Union but the governments in those countries prevented that. <br /><br />One of the most well-remembered photos of his pontificate was his one-on-one conversation in 1983 with Mehmet Ali Agca, who had attempted to assassinate him two years earlier. <br /><br />In his 27 years of papal ministry, John Paul II wrote 14 encyclicals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people. <br /><br />In the last years of his life, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was forced to cut back on some of his activities. <br /><br />Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope Francis canonized him in 2014. American Catholic Blog Lord, may I have balance and measure in everything—except in Love. —St. Josemaría Escrivá

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