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On Sunday 13 March a celebration to remember the elevation of Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy

At 6.00 pm (CET) on Sunday 13 March a Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica to mark the 9th anniversary of the elevation to the papacy of His Holiness Pope Francis. It was, in fact, on 13 March of 2013 that the then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in the conclave as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome.

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Ash Wednesday, the Pope’s Lenten message for 2022

The great family of Saint Anthony, present in every corner of the world, in response to Pope Francis' invitation, unites in prayer and fasting for peace on Wednesday, March 2 – Ash Wednesday. We will unite with the people of Ukraine and with all those who are suffering from violence and war.


Today, Wednesday March 2, with the Rite of Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes, the Lenten period begins. This is the period when Christians are called upon to renew their lives.

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2021 St. Anthony’s Charities Report

The overall assessment of St. Anthony’s Charities 2021 Report is a positive one. Our charitable organization is a non-profit set up by the friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony. Last year, through the friars and many local partners we sustained 106 projects in 36 countries for a total of 4 million Euros, in this way helping over a million people in four continents: Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

These projects were made possible only through the tangible help of St. Anthony’s devotees and the readers of the Messenger of Saint Anthony.


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2022 Lent in St. Anthony’s Basilica, Padua

On March 2, Ash Wednesday, the Lenten season begins. Below you will find the program of the celebrations and moments of spirituality to be held at the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua.



In all the Masses it will be possible to receive the rite of Blessing and Distribution of Ashes.

The 6.00 pm (CET) celebration in Italian will be live streamed (see below for details).


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On Sunday, 20 February "Feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Anthony"

The Feast of the Translation of the Relics of the Saint, commonly known as the "Feast of the Tongue", which will be held on Sunday 20 February in the Basilica, is the most important St. Anthony  anniversary after the solemnity of June 13.

We celebrate the discovery of Anthony's incorrupt tongue 759 years ago. On 8 April 1263, Saint Bonaventura of Bagnoregio, Minister General of the Franciscan friars, during the Recognition of the Saint’s mortal remains, found Anthony’s tongue intact; the Saint had been dead for over thirty years.

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2022 World Day of the Sick: let us remain close on our path of charity to those who suffer

Thirty years ago, Saint John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to encourage the people of God, Catholic health institutions and civil society to be increasingly attentive to the sick and to those who care for them.

As with the previous years, this year on Friday, 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, on the occasion of the XXX World Day of the Sick, a special Holy Mass for the Sick and for those who take care of them will be held in the Basilica of Saint Anthony at 18:00 (CET).

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