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Anthony of Padua has been called the most celebrated of the followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of Padua and of Portugal, and is especially invoked for the recovery of lost things.

Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on January 16, 1946, he is sometimes called "Evangelical Doctor". Each year on the weekend of the last Sunday in August, Boston's North End holds a feast in honour of St. Anthony. Referred to as the "Feast of all Feasts", St. Anthony's Feast in Boston's North End was begun in 1919 by Italian immigrants from Montefalcione, a small town near Naples, where the tradition of honouring St. Anthony goes back to 1688. The feast has become the largest Italian religious festival in the United States.

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