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Fernando Franciscan

Born: 1195 AD
Died: 1231 AD

1195 – Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Italian  Sant’Antonio da Padova , original name Fernando Franciscan friar, doctor of the church, and patron of the poor. Baptized Ferdinand.

1210 – He joined the Augustinian canons and probably became a priest.

1220 – He joined the Franciscan order, hoping to preach to the Saracens and be martyred. Instead, he taught theology at Bologna, Italy, and at Montpellier, Toulouse, and Puy-en-Velay in southern France, winning great admiration as a preacher.

1231 – Died on the 13th of June in Arcella, Verona, now in Italy.

1232 – He was canonized.

1946 – On the 16th of January, Pope Pius XII declared him a doctor of the church. Padua and Portugal claim him as their patron saint, and he is invoked for the return of lost property.