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- Saint Anthony was born Ferdinand de Bulhoes in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195.
- Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church, was canonized less than one year after his death in 1231.
- Originally he joined the Augustinian Order, but left to join the Franciscan Order in 1221, at age 26.
- St. Bernard, St. Peter, St. Otho, St. Accursius and St. Adjutus , all who shed their blood for the Catholic Faith, inspired St. Anthony to join the Franciscans.
- He only lived ten years after joining the Franciscans.
- Saint Anthony was plagued with edema, also called dropsy, and died en route to Padua in 1231 at age 36.
- Pope Pius XII declared Saint Anthony a Doctor of the Church in 1946.
- Saint Anthony was an extraordinary preacher and teacher, and has been called the “Hammer of the Heretics” and “Living Ark of the Covenant.”
- Saint Anthony is the Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed.
- He is often depicted in art with the Infant Jesus, to whom he miraculously appeared.
- Around 336 years after his death his body was exhumed and found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt – perfect, just as his teachings were.
- Saint Anthony’s feast day is June 13.
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