St. Anthony of Padua (15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a prominent Franciscan friar and preacher in the 13th century. Born in Portugal, he initially pursued an academic career but was inspired by the martyrdom of Franciscans in Morocco to join the Franciscan order. St. Anthony’s exceptional preaching abilities and profound knowledge of Scripture made him a renowned preacher and evangelist. He traveled extensively, preaching the Gospel and calling people to conversion. Anthony is particularly remembered for his devotion to the poor and his ability to perform miracles. He is often depicted holding the Child Jesus, as had a vision of the Christ Child during his lifetime. St. Anthony is considered the patron saint of lost items, as a legend tells of him miraculously finding a valuable book that had been stolen from him. His sermons and writings continue to inspire believers today, and he is venerated as one of the great saints of the Catholic Church.
St. Anthony of Padua
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