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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM FR. MARIO!

Christmas itself was created by a gift. “God so loved the world that he gave us his only son.” (John 3:16). Though Christ came among us weak and empty-handed, he brought his priceless and everlasting gifts.

This Christmas let us open our hearts and remember that Jesus is the best gift anyone could ever receive.

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This Christmas give the gift of a subscription to The Messenger of Saint Anthony magazine.

For just $31/£21/€25 you can surprise someone you love with a special gift subscription to the Messenger of Saint Anthony. It’s a gift that will last all year long!

That’s because when you give a subscription to the Messenger of Saint Anthony, you give:

• The Messenger of Saint Anthony magazine delivered each month – packed with informative articles and inspiring thought pieces

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November 2017 St. Anthony’s relics visit Ottawa (Canada)

Two precious relics of our Saint will be in Ottawa from November 11 to 19.

Fr. Mario Conte, executive editor of the «Messenger of Saint Anthony» magazine, will bring to Ottawa from November 11 to 19 two precious relics of our Saint from the Basilica in Padua.

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A rare opportunity

The line didn’t end at St Anthony’s Shrine in Boston as people from all walks of life spent a quiet, respectful moment before the relics of St. Anthony…

Thus begins WBZ-TV’s news coverage (CBS Boston) of our editor’s relic visit to the Massachusetts state capital and some surrounding districts.

The friars do their best to bring our Saint closer to those who cannot afford to come to Padua, and the people of Boston have responded.

Enjoy the video:

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October 4, 2017 – St. Francis Feast Day

Francis of Bernardone in 1202 joined the military expedition of Assisi against Perugia to defend his hometown and its people. His army was defeated, and he was thrown in a dungeon for 1 year. He eventually recovered from this experience both physically and psychologically, but he was a changed man.

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Updates on guided tours of the basilica

From 1 October 2017 there are changes in bookings procedure and in access to guided tours for groups in the Basilica of Saint Anthony.

There are two main changes: groups of over 10 people will be obliged to book their guided tours of the Basilica through an online form; moreover, during the visit, they will have to use audio guides with earphones; these may be booked at the Information Office should the group be without them.

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