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Merry Christmas from the friars of St. Anthony’s Basilica in Padua

May this coming Christmas help us recover peace and inner harmony, which arise from the wonder and astonishment of discovering ourselves embraced by a warm hug from our Lord. He never tires of pointing out to us the path of dialogue, of self-giving and of love.

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“Empty Handed”, the Christmas video by Father Mario Conte, friar of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua.

This simple Christmas story helps us all to understand that it is only when we free ourselves of all material and superficial things (that are trying to rob Christmas of its real meaning), that we can effectively welcome the love of Jesus into our hearts. A love that we should receive, keep and then share with all those around us.

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Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi 2021


Preparation Triduum

18.00: Live streamed Holy Mass with Franciscan meditation*



10.30: Eucharistic celebration and Rite of Solemn Profession of friar Francesco Antonio Cosma, friar Roberto Gottardi and friar Luca Maria Ranocchini, presided over by Fr. Roberto Brandinelli, Minister Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual



11.00 & 18.00: Live streamed Holy Masses*

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New Rector of the Basilica

The Basilica of Saint Anthony’s church bells rang joyously on September 8 this year when the friars got word that their Shrine had a new Rector in the person of Father Antonio Ramina. The news had been broken by the Minister General of the Conventual Franciscan friars, Fr. Carlos Trovarelli and by the Pontifical Delegate, Monsignor Fabio Dal Cin. It was the Holy Father himself who had indicated the name of Fr. Ramina from a choice of two other candidates that had been put to him by the Minister General.

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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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