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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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Christmas 2022

We certainly live in times that are not easy: wars, poverty, discrimination … But the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus were also challenging for all those involved. However, there are two constant messages from God in the Infancy Narratives: “Don’t be afraid” and “Rejoice”. Mary, Joseph and the shepherds are just a few examples of those who received these extraordinary encouragements.

God is doing something wonderful: He is coming to earth in the fragile form of a little baby. // FEAR IS REPLACED BY JOY. //

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From 16 to 24 December 
Christmas Novena

  • 6:00pm: Novena Holy Mass

Saturday 17 December 
Blessing of the Nativity Scenes

  • Around 6:45pm: Radial chapels of the Basilica, at the end of the 6:00pm Mass

24 December 
Christmas Eve

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The “great walkers” in the Nativity Scene, the humble characters who teach us about the greatness of Christmas

In reading the accounts of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, we can notice that all the protagonists of the Christmas story are “great walkers.”

First of all there are Mary and Joseph, who travel 90 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem, but their donkey is also with them; then there are the shepherds who set out with their flocks to welcome the Little Child, and also the horses and camels of the Three Wise Men, who come from the East following a star to meet the Son of God.

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