JANUARY 16, 2017
From Franciscan History
January 16, 1220
Friars Berard and four companions became the first members of the Franciscan Order to died for the faith, in Marrakech, Morrocco. When their remains are brought to the Santa Cruz Augustinian Monastery, Coimbra, Portugal, Ferdinand di Martino becomes inspired to join the Franciscan Order and takes the name of “Anthony”.
January 16, 1946
Pope Pius XII issued the letter Exsulta lusitania felix which declared St. Anthony of Padua a “Doctor of the Church”.

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