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Valencia Our Lady of the Forsaken
Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain Catherine Thomas
Vanity, protection against Rose of Lima
Vastergotland, Sweden Helen of Skofde
Velletri, Italy Gerald
Veneral disease Fiacre
Venezuela Our Lady of Coromoto
Venezuelan National Guard Our Lady of Chiquinquira
Venice Mark
Verbal Spouse Abuse; Victims of Spouse Abuse (verbal), protection against Anne Marie Taigi, Godelieve, Monica
Vermin, protection from Magnus of Fussen
Vermont, USA Our Lady of Grace
Veroli, Italy Mary Salome
Veterinarians Our Lady of Coromoto
Vienna, Austria Clement Mary Hofbauer
Vietnam Joseph
Villareal Samar, Phillipines Rose of Lima
Vilna, Lithuania Antony of Vilna, Eustace of Vilna, John of Vilna
Vincentian Service Corps Vincent de Paul
Vinegar makers Vincent of Saragossa
Vintners Amand, Morand, Vincent of Saragossa
Virginia, USA Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles
Vocations Alphonsus de Liguori
Volcanic eruptions Agatha
Volperino, Italy Maro
victims of adultery or unfaithfulness Catherine of Genoa, Elizabeth of Portugal, Fabiola
victims of jealousy Elizabeth of Portugal, Hedwig
vine dressers Urban of Langres
virgins Agnes of Rome, Blessed Virgin Mary
virtue Hallvard

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What is a patron saint?

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes -- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.

Recently, the popes have named patron saints but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. Angels can also be named as patron saints. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint's life and when we ask for that saint's intercessory prayers to God.

For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer and so he is patron of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard Christmas Mass -- even though it was taking place miles away.

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