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23 January: Sunday of the Word of God, a celebration for the Bible

The Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua will join in celebrating Sunday of the Word of God on 23 January. This initiative was spearheaded by Pope Francis in his effort to place the Holy Scriptures at the centre of life along with the Eucharist.

The celebration in the Basilica on Sunday 23 January at 11.00am will include a special ritual: the enthronement and the incensing of the Gospel. Moreover, during the whole celebration in the presbytery, the Gospel will remain exposed and open next to a lighted lamp: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths” (Psalm 118, 105).

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Happy New Year from the friars of the Basilica of Sant Anthony

Where can we start if we wish to build a better world?

It is important to start the New Year by speaking to our heart to invite it to take care of those closest to us.

Let's turn our attention to those around us... Maybe we'll omit publishing a post... a like or a whatsapp message, but we'll have an extra sister or brother next to us to love.

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Merry Christmas from the friars of St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua

May this coming Christmas help us recover peace and inner harmony, which arise from the wonder and astonishment of discovering ourselves embraced by a warm hug from our Lord. He never tires of pointing out to us the path of dialogue, of self-giving and of love.

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“Empty Handed”, the Christmas video by Father Mario Conte, friar of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua.

This simple Christmas story helps us all to understand that it is only when we free ourselves of all material and superficial things (that are trying to rob Christmas of its real meaning), that we can effectively welcome the love of Jesus into our hearts. A love that we should receive, keep and then share with all those around us.

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Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi 2021

30 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER

Preparation Triduum

18.00: Live streamed Holy Mass with Franciscan meditation*

 

SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER

10.30: Eucharistic celebration and Rite of Solemn Profession of friar Francesco Antonio Cosma, friar Roberto Gottardi and friar Luca Maria Ranocchini, presided over by Fr. Roberto Brandinelli, Minister Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual

 

SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER

11.00 & 18.00: Live streamed Holy Masses*

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New Rector of the Basilica

The Basilica of Saint Anthony’s church bells rang joyously on September 8 this year when the friars got word that their Shrine had a new Rector in the person of Father Antonio Ramina. The news had been broken by the Minister General of the Conventual Franciscan friars, Fr. Carlos Trovarelli and by the Pontifical Delegate, Monsignor Fabio Dal Cin. It was the Holy Father himself who had indicated the name of Fr. Ramina from a choice of two other candidates that had been put to him by the Minister General.

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