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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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On Holocaust Memorial Day let us also remember Venerable Father Cortese, a friar of the Basilica of Saint Anthony

On 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day, the friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua will remember their fellow-friar, Fr. Placido Cortese, who was declared Venerable last August. During World War II Fr. Cortese saved hundreds of people, among them Jews, political refugees and allied soldiers from being arrested by the Nazis and the Fascists. Because of these efforts he was kidnapped by the Gestapo, tortured, and then killed in November 1944.

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23 January: Sunday of the Word of God, a celebration for the Bible

The Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua will join in celebrating Sunday of the Word of God on 23 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 23 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 and open next to a lighted lamp: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths” (Psalm 118, 105).

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Happy New Year from the friars of the Basilica of Sant Anthony

Where can we start if we wish to build a better world?

It is important to start the New Year by speaking to our heart to invite it to take care of those closest to us.

Let's turn our attention to those around us... Maybe we'll omit publishing a post... a like or a whatsapp message, but we'll have an extra sister or brother next to us to love.

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