St. Anthony’s Charities, the 2020 report

The year is one that will undoubtedly be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in spite of both personal and financial difficulties faced by many, 2020 was another generous year. The result?

Ninety-six projects assisted, covering 31 countries through an expenditure of €2,645,944 providing concrete support to the poor of the world in spite of delays and problems caused by the pandemic.

The projects were realized thanks to the concrete support of the devotees of Saint Anthony and the subscribers of "Messenger of Saint Anthony".

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On Sunday 25 April we celebrate the 58th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

On Sunday 25 April we celebrate the 58th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which offers us an opportunity of prayer, meditation and deepening of the gift of Jesus’ call, a gift that invites us to follow him in a fascinating and intimate evangelical path which becomes a mission to the Church and the world.

In all the churches, including the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, studies, prayer groups and testimonials will be held to live to the full the spiritual content of this particular Day.

In his message for the 2021 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis said,

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“Your Son Lives!” - Sunday, April 11, Holy Mass dedicated to all those who have lost a son or a daughter

It has been called “Your Son Lives!” and consists in a Solemn Holy Mass dedicated to all those who have lost a daughter or a son – the greatest suffering for any parent. This Holy Mass, presided over by the Rector, Fr. Oliviero Svanera, is celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua on Sunday, April 11, at 11:00 am (CET), and will be livestreamed on our web and social sites.

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Easter Season with Saint Anthony

How important is sunlight in our life and in the life of our planet with all its creatures?

As we know plants produce all the substances necessary for them to grow, to flower and bear fruit thanks to sunlight. The light of the sun, however, is not only essential for plants, it is also essential for every living being and for the water cycle – from evaporation to rain. Light also dispels darkness, it allows us to see: it is energy, warmth and life.

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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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