Patron saints are often chosen today because an interest, talent, or event in their lives overlaps with the special area. 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.

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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.

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. Catherine of Siena was born during the outbreak of the plague in Siena, Italy on March 25, 1347.

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