St. Anthony of...Portugal?

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from St. Anthony Messenger

    CINCINNATI, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- He may be known as St. Anthony of
 Padua, a city in Italy, but residents of Lisbon are quick to insist that the
 celebrated saint, patron of those searching for lost possessions, was in fact
 Portuguese. Born around 1195 and baptized Fernando Bulhom, St. Anthony found
 education, a religious life and an introduction to the Franciscans, all in
 Lisbon, the city along the coast of Portugal.
     His early life and birthplace are featured in the June issue of "St.
 Anthony Messenger." Assistant Managing Editor Carol Ann Morrow, from her
 travels to Lisbon and Coimbra, writes of the seaside city's rich history, as
 well as its unabashed delight in and fierce protection of St. Anthony's
 origins. The story can also be found at: http://www.AmericanCatholic.org .
     Hailing from the Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, a young Fernando,
 intent on being a preacher and martyr, sought a more reclusive life in the
 city of Coimbra in 1212. Yearning for knowledge and the silence to pursue it,
 Fernando became well-read in theology, natural history and anatomy.
     After becoming a Franciscan and adopting the name Anthony, he left
 Portugal, never to return in his lifetime. He became a courageous missionary
 and fearless traveler, journeying to such places as Morocco, northern Italy
 and southern France. In the spring of 1231, however, Anthony passed away at
 the age of 36. He was canonized within a year of his death.
     Lisbon's unwavering devotion to its native son is evident. Each year on
 June 12, the eve of St. Anthony's feast, costume parades are held along the
 Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue). Paper lanterns, streamers and banners
 are displayed throughout the Alfama and along the parade route. Bonfires and
 food are prepared in honor of Lisbon's most eminent citizen.
     Although he preached and spent his later years in Padua, St. Anthony's
 ties with Lisbon are etched in history. Maria Teresa Ferreira, a Portuguese
 guide and interpreter, said it best: "Anthony is always with us, not only when
 we pray. He is outside on the streets as well."
 
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    CINCINNATI, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- He may be known as St. Anthony of
 Padua, a city in Italy, but residents of Lisbon are quick to insist that the
 celebrated saint, patron of those searching for lost possessions, was in fact
 Portuguese. Born around 1195 and baptized Fernando Bulhom, St. Anthony found
 education, a religious life and an introduction to the Franciscans, all in
 Lisbon, the city along the coast of Portugal.
     His early life and birthplace are featured in the June issue of "St.
 Anthony Messenger." Assistant Managing Editor Carol Ann Morrow, from her
 travels to Lisbon and Coimbra, writes of the seaside city's rich history, as
 well as its unabashed delight in and fierce protection of St. Anthony's
 origins. The story can also be found at: http://www.AmericanCatholic.org .
     Hailing from the Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, a young Fernando,
 intent on being a preacher and martyr, sought a more reclusive life in the
 city of Coimbra in 1212. Yearning for knowledge and the silence to pursue it,
 Fernando became well-read in theology, natural history and anatomy.
     After becoming a Franciscan and adopting the name Anthony, he left
 Portugal, never to return in his lifetime. He became a courageous missionary
 and fearless traveler, journeying to such places as Morocco, northern Italy
 and southern France. In the spring of 1231, however, Anthony passed away at
 the age of 36. He was canonized within a year of his death.
     Lisbon's unwavering devotion to its native son is evident. Each year on
 June 12, the eve of St. Anthony's feast, costume parades are held along the
 Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue). Paper lanterns, streamers and banners
 are displayed throughout the Alfama and along the parade route. Bonfires and
 food are prepared in honor of Lisbon's most eminent citizen.
     Although he preached and spent his later years in Padua, St. Anthony's
 ties with Lisbon are etched in history. Maria Teresa Ferreira, a Portuguese
 guide and interpreter, said it best: "Anthony is always with us, not only when
 we pray. He is outside on the streets as well."
 
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