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Francis of Assisi and Francis of Argentina joined in friendship by St Anthony of Padua
“Relics are parts of the body of a Saint which was the Temple of the Holy Spirit.” Pope Francis
St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis of Argentina have an important friend in common – St Anthony of Padua.
The much loved 13th century friar was a contemporary of St Francis, and one of the earliest members of the Franciscan Order founded by St Francis in 1209.
When, in the year 2000, Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, he blessed the faithful gathered in the Cathedral with a precious reliquary containing St. Anthony’s floating rib.
The new millennium heralded hope for many, but Argentina was a country in turmoil, facing imminent economic collapse. The financial crisis sparked rioting as frustration mounted over the lack of employment opportunities, the devaluing of the currency, the collapse of the government. Over 50% of Argentines were classed as poor.
The future Pope’s devotion to St Anthony was due to the Saint’s love, care and concern for the poor and marginalised. Known to help people find lost items, St Anthony intercedes with those trying to find a job, a home, faith and hope, all of which were in short supply in Argentina in 2000.
From 26 October – 2 November 2014, St Anthony will be visiting Northern California in the Continue reading