Friday, 1 November 2013

Relics of St Anthony

Two relics of St Anthony of Padua are being taken to various Churches and Cathedrals in England. The website of the Diocese of Shrewsbury has an account of the visit to the Church of St Francis in Chester yesterday. There was a full Church for Mass, celebrated by Bishop Davies, and thousands of people venerated the relics

In his homily at the Mass, Bishop Davies spoke of how these visits "represent nothing less than the return of the Saints into the lives of the faithful and to the forefront of our Christian witness."

The Shrewsbury website also carries Pope Benedict's  General Audience address on St Anthony. (You might also like this story of a humorous incident in my parish involving St Anthony.)

The programme of visits is nearly over, but there will be veneration and Mass this evening at St George's Cathedral in Southwark, tomorrow at Westminster Cathedral, and on Sunday at St Peter's Italian Church in Clerkenwell. (See the programme for details.)
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