Lent in the Basilica of St Anthony

Lent begins on Wednesday 22 February. This is a time of conversion and penitence in preparation for Easter.

Pope Francis has addressed the following message to all Christians on the occasion of the 2023 Lenten season:

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Feast of the Translation of the Saint’s relics: on Sunday 19 February we celebrate the discovery of Saint Anthony’s Incorrupt Tongue which took place 760 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 19 February in our Basilica recalls an event which occurred 760 years ago in St. Anthony’s most holy site: the chapel which guarded our beloved Anthony’s mortal remains.

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27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27 is the day when, in 1945, at the end of World War II, the Red Army tore down the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Sixty years later, in 2005, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, which has since been remembered every January 27, with the hope that those atrocities will never happen again.

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Sunday of the Word of God, on 22 January a celebration for the Bible

The Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua will join in celebrating Sunday of the Word of God on 22 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 22 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.

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From 18 to 25 January is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” takes place from 18 to 25 January. The 2023 theme “Learn to Do Good, Seek Justice "(Is 1: 17) was chosen by a local group from the United States of America (USA) convened by the Minnesota Council of Churches, which also elaborated the material made available online.

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Happy New Year 2023

At the end of every year, we tend to look back at the big events which played a major part in our lives. And one of the main events that has unfortunately dominated the year we are about to leave and will continue to dominate next year is war. The war in Ukraine, of course, but also all the other conflicts, large and small, which continue to devastate the world.

Therefore, at the start of 2023, we are urged by Pope Francis to pray first of all for peace: “ Lord, come to our aid! Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: ‘Never again war!’.”

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