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One of the faithful who attended the veneration of first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), known to Catholics as the finder of lost things, pauses in front of a reliquary at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Port Reading, Oct. 5. The relics, a fragment of the Portuguese-born Franciscan friar’s floating rib and skin from a cheek, were accompanied by Father Mario Conte, a Franciscan friar from Padua, Italy, where the saint is buried. According to Father Conte, who is editor of the “Messenger of St. Anthony,” a relic is a “link of love between the person who venerates and the saint.” St. Anthony, he said, “intercedes with those trying to find a job, a home, faith, peace of mind, family harmony, love, hope and mercy. He brings us closer to Our Lord.” Father William Smith, pastor, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, presided at a Mass. – Marlo Williamson photo


  Margaret Alsup of Cumming, Ga., stands behind some of the 75 nun dolls Dec. 21, 2017, that she collected over the years. All of the dolls, which are clothed in authentic habits, have been donated to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's Office of Archives and Records. -CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin  

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