Francis and Anthony

Statue of Saint Anthony holding Jesus

Why St. Anthony Holds the Child Jesus

This friar offerings a refreshing take on this beloved saint.
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St. Anthony of Padua: His Beginnings

Anthony was born in 1195 (13 years after St. Francis) in Lisbon, Portugal, at the mouth of the Tagus River, from which explorers would later sail across the Atlantic.
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Statue of St. Anthony and Jeuss | Photo by Wolfgang Krzemien

Franciscan Inspirations: Memories of Padua

As the feast of Saint Anthony (June 13) draws near, my memories go back to Padua where I spent several days in 2014.
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Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi with animals

St. Francis and His Canticle of the Creatures

We all owe a great debt to St. Francis of Assisi and to his Canticle of the Creatures for leading us to the conviction that all brother and sister creatures make up one family under God’s loving care.
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Basilica of St. Francis | Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

Saint Francis for Seekers

Over 40 years ago, a gentle Franciscan high school teacher penned a seminal book about Saint Francis. It wasn’t a biography or a treatise on the little Poor Man of Assisi but a romantic, imaginative work that presents the saint from the ...
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Statue of St. Anthony and the Christ Child

St. Anthony: Portugal’s Favorite Son

In this month of celebration, it’s difficult to believe that Anthony ever left the city of his birth. He surely can be found there now.
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