Pope Francis has pointed to St Anthony of Padua as an example for younger generations of Catholics to “live the Gospel courageously.”

“Eight hundred years ago in Coimbra, a young regular Augustinian … learned of the martyrdom of five Franciscans, killed on account of the Christian faith in Morocco on January 16 of that same year, and he decided to change his life,” Pope Francis wrote in a letter published June 3 on the Franciscan Order’s website.

“This ancient saint — so modern and brilliant in his intuitions — can be a model for the new generations to follow to make everyone’s journey fruitful,” he said.

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