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Search for martyrdom St Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. He was baptised in the Cathedral Church of Old Lisbon. "Fernando" was a revenue officer and knight at the court of Alfonso II, who was the King of Portugal. St Anthony joined the community of Canons Regular of St Augustine in Lisbon when he was 15. At such a young age when he was 17 her was transferred more than175km away to the Augustine Monastery of Santa Cruz, Coimbra. This was renowned for its biblical scholarship. St Anthony spent nine years here and there is every indication that he learned the sacred scriptures off by heart as he spent his whole time there in intense study. He was not ordained at this time because it was custom of the time to be ordained at the age of 30. when the Martyrdom of the first Franciscan Friars whose bodies were brought back from Morocco to Coimbra where he was studying. Fernando was inspired to die for Christ. He was deeply affected by their deaths just five months before he was guest master and he looked after these Friars and knew them all by name. ...read more.

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Soon his fame spread quickly and he was commissioned by St Francis to preach everywhere, in Italy and some parts of Southern France. Anthony became an Evangelical Crusade. Drawing such huge crowds to his sermons the churches could hold the people who came. Eventually ten, twenty to thirty thousand people where attending his electrifying sermons. His life of preaching in France was nearing its end because 1228 he was recalled to Italy where things where getting better as the days past. He became provincial at Romagan in Northern Italy. It was here where he preached to Pope Gregory IX and also to the clergy and the people. St Anthony made such an impression that the Pope called St Anthony "armoury of the bible". This meant that if all bibles in the world were lost, Anthony could surely rewrite them all. Anthony's last sermons where coming to an end and he decide to preach in Padua during lent. This time there was a complete up roar as accommodation was limited as was food. The crowds were simply invading the city to hear him preach. The effect was just simply amazing, quarrels were patched up, mortal enemies were reconciled, poor debtors were released from prison, and immortal men and women re formed their lives. ...read more.

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This was his main effect on society. I have also learned that if all the bibles in the world were lost he could surely re-write them all by hand. His canonization was one of the fastest on record which also makes him stand out among all of the other saints. I personally feel that he was a man well worth of his honour as he was such a great person for his merits before God and his miracles which he made were very extraordinary. Compared to people nowadays St Anthony is definitely an individual as some of the people nowadays such as the president of the USA and the prime minister try to get the peoples respect and to fight for their countries where as St Anthony worked hard to earn the peoples respect. There was no one who had no respect for St Anthony which is quite astonishing. In doing this project I have seen a huge relevance as it has helped me to understand a lot more about the saint and I now know why my great gran would never stop praying to him. St Anthony's Gravestone St. Anthony Of Padua In Memory of Anthony H. (Tony) & Victoria M. Streacker Donated by James C. & Eleanor M. Streacker And Their Four Children Jim - Cindy - Karen - Sandy ...read more.

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