Year of Youth 2018


Messenger of Saint Anthony



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St Anthony of Padua Holy Relic Tour

St Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis of Argentina and Fatima visionary Sr Lucia have an important friend in common – St Anthony of Padua, one of the best known Saints in the world.

The much loved 13th century friar was a contemporary of St Francis, and one of the earliest members of the Franciscan Order founded by St Francis in 1209.

When Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, he led a prominent procession through the streets of the Argentinian capital in the year 2000, carrying in his hands a reliquary containing a precious relic of St Anthony of Padua – a fragment of his floating rib.

This relic of the Saint’s ‘floating’ rib was also venerated by St Anthony’s fellow Portuguese countrywoman, Sr Lucia of Fatima, when it was taken to her convent, the Monastery of Carmelite nuns at Coimbra, in January 1995.

2017 marks the centenary of the apparitions in Fatima, and to mark this, Fr Mario Conte, a Franciscan Friar from the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy, where the Saint is buried, will be visiting Australia from June 6 to June 21 with this very relic, which Pope Francis and Sr Lucia both venerated.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Fr Conte, who is Editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, underlined, “There is nothing superstitious about relics. The real meaning of a relic is love – they are a link of love between the person who venerates and the saint.”

Notes for Editors:
St Anthony of Padua: Born 15 August 1195 Lisbon, Portugal
Died 13 June 1231 (aged 35) Padua, Italy

Anthony of Padua was a Portuguese Catholic friar belonging to the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon. Noted by his contemporaries for his preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

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Giuseppe Cavallaro at 12:01am on May 25th 2017
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2017 Jun 20th 9:00 - 11:00
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8 Diana Avenue, Kellyville, Australia, 2155

Giuseppe Cavallaro

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