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St. Anthony of Padua
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Religious Figure
    (August 15, 1195-June 13, 1231)
    Birth name was Fernando de Bulhões
    Resided in Padua, Italy
    Also known as Anthony of Lisbon
    Became a Franciscan friar (1220)
    Patron saint of lost items (and many other things)
    He grew up rich.
    He was a crappy student.
    Superstitious people pray to him for cures for everything from sterility to typhoons.
    His tongue reportedly did not decompose when he died.
    30 years after his death, St. Bonaventure removed his tongue from his coffin and kissed it.
    He was a great speaker.
    He reportedly performed many miracles.
    He was named a saint less than a year after his death – the speediest canonization in history.
    He remains one of the most popular Catholic saints.
    His tongue is still on display at the Paduan Basilica.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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