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Lent in the Basilica of St Anthony 2021

Pope Francis has addressed the following message to all Christians on the occasion of the 2021 Lent season, a time of conversion and penitence in preparation for Easter: 

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18)
Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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Wednesday 17 February – beginning of Lent

February 17 – Ash Wednesday – marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period which prepares us for the Easter festival. This Lenten period is an invitation to conversion, penitence and prayer.

This year the ancient Ashes liturgy will undergo some changes laid out by the Vatican through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Here they are one by one:

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Feast of the Translation of the Saint’s relics: on Sunday 14 February we celebrate the discovery of Saint Anthony’s Incorrupt Tongue which took place 758 years ago

The Feast of the Translation of the Relic of the Saint, commonly called “The Feast of the Tongue”, which will be held on Sunday 14 February in our Basilica recalls an event which occurred 758 years ago in St. Anthony’s most holy site: the chapel which guarded our beloved Anthony’s mortal remains.

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43rd Day for Life: Sunday 7 February – Blessing for the Gift of a Child

On the occasion of the “43rd National Day for Life,” held on Sunday, 7 February at 11:00am (CET) a Holy Mass will be celebrated in our Basilica dedicated to expectant mothers, to couples hoping to receive a child, and also to those who are thanking their beloved Saint because they are now embracing their child. The celebrations will also be live streamed on our web and social media sites.

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A Stolperstein by artist Gunter Demnig placed in front of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua remembers Father Placido Cortese, director of the Messenger of Saint Anthony during the Second World War

On 21 January a Stolperstein by artist Gunter Demnig was placed in front of the Basilica of Saint Anthony, precisely on the corner between Piazza del Santo and Via Orto Botanico. The Stolperstein was placed there in memory of Father Placido Cortese, the friar of the Basilica and director of the Messenger of Saint Anthony during the Second World War.

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Sunday of the Word of God, 24 January 2021: a Feast for the Bible

On Sunday 24 January we celebrate the “Sunday of the Word of God”, which was instituted last year by Pope Francis, on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, to remind all, clergy and faithful, of the importance and value of Sacred Scripture for the Christian life and also for the relationship between the Word of God and liturgy.

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