Why is March 19 a special day in Francis' pontificate?

Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his devotion to St. Joseph.

"I have great love for Saint Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength," Pope Francis said. "On my table I have an image of Saint Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church!"

March 19 was the day Francis chose to begin his papal ministry—six days after he was elected pope in the 2013 conclave.

That same day, he has also published several key documents throughout his pontificate. One of them being the apostolic constitution Praedicate evangelium in 2022. This document completed a series of reforms to the Roman Curia that had begun almost a decade earlier.

"The Curia is an organization, a structure of service," said Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect, Dicastery for the Causes of Saints.
"Therefore, the mutations and changes are those necessary for the Curia's service to be an 'ecclesial service' and to answer the questions from the world."

Two of his other writings that came out on March 19 were Gaudete et exultate, on the call to holiness in today's world; and Amoris laetitia, the post-synodal document on love and the family.