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Monday 18 December 2017

Tour marks 750 years since St Bonaventure opened friar's tomb

A woman venerates the reliquary containing pieces of St Anthony of Padua’s flesh, which will be in Wexford this Friday.
A woman venerates the reliquary containing pieces of St Anthony of Padua’s flesh, which will be in Wexford this Friday.

Although St Anthony is synonymous with the Italian city of Padua, he was in fact Portuguese.

He worn Fernando Martins de Bulhões into a wealthy family in the capital, Lisbon, on August 15, 1195. He is known the world over as the saint who helps people find lost things and lost people. During his lifetime he gained a reputation for being a strong preacher with an expert knowledge of scripture.

St Anthony died at the Poor Clare monastery in Arcella on June 13, 1231, when he was just 35. He was canonised by Pope Gregory IX on May 30, 1232, less than a year after his death.

The relics are touring Britain and Ireland to mark the 750th anniversary of St Bonaventure's opening of St Anthony's tomb and the discovery of St Anthony's incorrupt tongue.

Padua-based friar Fr Mario Conte, editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, will accompany the relics – a piece of petrified flesh and layers of cheek skin.

Wexford People

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