1958: Pope Designates St. Clare Of Assisi Patron Saint Of Television

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
St. Clare on the set. Source: Wikimedia Commons

There had to be a patron saint of television -- sooner or later, it was bound to happen. Clare of Assisi got the job, due to a strange television-like ability she demonstrated, but this is a duty that would have fallen to some saint or other, because as we now know, television is huge. All it took was a Pope with foresight (and possibly a sense of humor) to make it so. Impressively, the Pontiff in office way back in 1958 foresaw the dominance of television, and put Clare on the case. And Catholics all over the world put Clare on their sets -- yes, some true believers have been known to put a statuette of the patron saint atop their TV, to ensure good reception.