San Antonio de Padua
He is the patron saint of lost items, travellers, the poor and the sick. A great number of devotees light candles to ask for his intercession and if their prayers are heard, people return to express their gratitude….. I grew up surrounded by people attending a novena devoted to him, every Tuesday, to ask for miraculous healings, to recover lost objects, even to find a true lover.
Yesterday, I had the chance to visit his church, the Basilica of St Anthony, where his tomb has lain since 1350.
It’s undergoing renovation, hence, the white sheet. Photography is not allowed unfortunately, but I was blown over by the magnificence of the interior!
Undoubtedly, it has one of the most beautiful church interiors I have ever seen, even surpassing the Vatican!
The statue of St Anthony holding the child Jesus in the Cathedral of Padova (Duomo di Padova)