SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A highly unprecedented tour of the bones of St. Anthony of Padua will make its way to Springfield this fall.
The primary relic will be on exhibit at St. Anthony’s Church on Island Pond Road from September 6th through the 14th before returning to its shrine in Italy. The general public is invited to participate in various services throughout the nine days.
Springfield Diocese Deacon Enzo DiGiacomo told 22News, “we’ve tried to have each day with singular or multiple celebrations of heritage. By nationality, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, Latino, all the heritage that can be thought of and other organizations that want to come.”
From past presentations of these relics, the Diocese expects thousands of visitors from around the United States.
St. Anthony is considered one of the most popular saints in the catholic Church. He is also known as the Patron Saint of lost objects. He was declared a saint by Pope Gregory IX just one year after his death
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