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1231: St. Anthony of Padua Dies

1231: St. Anthony of Padua Dies
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  • Historical event:
  • 13 June 1231
  • St. Anthony is usually portrayed holding Baby Jesus in his arms. Among others, he is the patron saint of fishermen, the poor, and infertile and pregnant women. Interestingly, he is also the protector of married couples, because there are descriptions of how he reconciled disputing spouses.

On this day the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, because he died, i.e. was “born into heaven” on this day in 1231.

St. Anthony was one of the first members of the Franciscan Order. Specifically, he joined the Franciscans only ten years after its establishment, at the time when St. Francis of Assisi was still alive.

Although St. Anthony was born in Portugal, he is mostly tied to the Italian city of Padua, where he lived for some time and where his remains are buried. St. Anthony became famous for his preaching skills already during life.

After he died on this day at the age of only 36 years, in the town of Arcella near Padua, he was declared a saint not a year after his death.

It was one of the fastest canonizations in the history of the Catholic Church. The saint’s body was laid in the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, which was built for this purpose and is today one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world.

In art, St. Anthony is usually portrayed as holding Baby Jesus in his arms. Among others, he is the patron saint of fishermen, the poor, and infertile and pregnant women.

Interestingly, he is also the protector of married couples, because there are descriptions of how he reconciled disputing spouses.

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