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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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St. Anthony’s friars pray for those who are sick and suffering

Saint Anthony is the Saint of Miracles, and those who are sick lovingly place their trust in his intercession.

If, among your family members or your friends, there is someone who is sick you may send us their names: on 11 February, World Day of Prayer for the Sick, we friars will pray for their healing.

In the Holy Mass we will celebrate in the Basilica we will invoke upon them the blessings of Saint Anthony and God’s grace.

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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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From the friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony a message of faith for the New Year with the hope that we will be able to win together the battle against the coronavirus .

A New Year lies ahead of us. What can we wish for in this 2021 which has just begun? That we can sense the presence of God at our side in every moment: in moments of joy and suffering, in health and ill-health.

It is precisely this certainty that is our peace!

Let us commit ourselves to overcoming the selfishness within us; the desire to think only of ourselves. Let us overcome the barriers of suspicion and fear; let us always fight for a better world.

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Christmas celebrations in the Basilica in the year of the pandemic. The Christmas Eve Mass is to be celebrated at 6pm (CET) with our church bells ringing at midnight.

This will truly be a very peculiar Christmas we are celebrating this year in the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua. The sanitary measures designed to tackle the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic has imposed a small ‘revolution’ even on the sacramental tradition of Christmas celebrations, starting from the most awaited one, the Christmas Eve Mass.

The traditional Christmas Eve Solemn Mass will be brought forward to 6.00 PM (CET) and streamed live from the Basilica’s website.

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