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Anthony of Padua

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1195 in Lisbon, Portugal

June 13, 1231

May 30,1232

Canonized by

Name Means

Known As

Pope Gregory IX Inestimable Evangelical Doctor
Against Shipwrecks Ferrazzano, Italy Poor People
Against Starving Fisherman Portugal
Amputees Harvests Pregnant Women
Animals Horses Sailors
Barrenness Lisbon Shipwrecks
Boatmen Lost Articles Starvation
Brazil Mail Starving People
Domestic Animals Mariners Sterility
Elderly People Oppressed People Travelers
Expectant Mothers Padua, Italy Watermen
Faith - Blessed Sacrament Paupers  

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About Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua is the most loved and admired saint. His work was in Italy, He was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order. When he was 26 years, he joined the Franciscan Order in 1221. After the death of the St. Bernard, St. Peter, St. Otto, St. Accursius, and St. Adjutus, who shed their blood for the Catholic Faith in the year 1220, Anthony became a Franciscan. St. Anthony became a Franciscan in the hope of shedding his own blood and becoming a martyr. He lived 10 years after joining the Franciscan Order.

Anthony was born in a wealthy family. They wanted him to be a great nobleman, but for the sake of Christ he became a poor Franciscan Priest. When the remains of Saint Bernard and his companions, the first Franciscan martyrs, were brought to be buried in his church, Anthony left his order, entered the Friars Minor, and went to Morocco to evangelize.

When Anthony was shipwrecked at Sicily, he joined some other brothers who were going to Portiuncula. Leaving only to attend Mass and to sweep the nearby monastery, Anthony lived in a cave at San Paolo. One day when a scheduled speaker failed to appear, the brothers asked Anthony to speak.. He impressed them so much that he was thereafter constantly traveling, evangelizing, preaching, and teaching theology throughout Italy and France.

Anthony spoke many languages. As a gifted speaker, he attracted crowds everywhere he went. Legend says that even the fish loved to listen to Anthony. So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, so that even the most uneducated and innocent might understand it, that he was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.

Saint Anthony was only 36 years old when he died. He is called the “hammer of the Heretics” His great protection against their lies and deceits in the matter of Christian doctrine was to utter, simply and innocently, the Holy Name of Mary. When St. Anthony of Padua found he was preaching the true Gospel of the Catholic Church to heretics who would not listen to him, he then went out and preached it to the fishes. This was not, as some say, for the instruction of the fishes, but rather for the glory of God, the delight of the angels, and the easing of his own heart.

With his mind and his heart, at every moment St. Anthony professed his Faith. Wonder worker. One of the most beloved of saints, his images and statues are found everywhere.

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