Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua
Birth 1195
Death 1231

Franciscan preacher. Dreaming of martyrdom (the dream lives on!), he set off to Africa to convert Muslims to Christianity. He fell ill and came home, and earnt himself a reputation for fighting heretics, particularly Cathars. See our chapter on ‘Holy Celibates and Good-natured Paedophiles’.

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