Called by Pope LeoXIII,' Saint of the whole world', the glorious St. Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. As an Augustinian Canon, moved by the relics of the first Franciscan martyrs, his thirst for martyrdom led him to enter the newly established order of Friars Minor. He was commissioned to preach by none other than St. Francis himself, and his fiery sermons, fearless presentation of truth and profound knowledge of Holy Scripture earned him in his lifetime the titles 'Ark of the Testament' and 'Hammer of Heretics'. Unswerving in his love and devotion to Our Lady, he brought all the force of his erudition and eloquence to defend the mysteries of her life, especially the as yet unproclaimed dogma of her Assumption. On earth he was a champion of the poor and oppressed and when his intercession is sought, often in order to find something that is lost, it is customary to promise to give an alms to the poor in St Anthony's name. A saint of Angelic purity, he is one of the greatest miracle workers in the history of the Church. He died in 1231 and was canonized 11 months later.
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