Born Ferando Martins in Libson, Portugal into a wealthy family, wanted to be sent to the Abbey of Santa Cruz in Coimbra at the age of 15. Fernando joined the new Franciscan Order. When he was admitted, he changed his name to Anthony. Anthony had a book of psalms that contained notes and comments to help when teaching students, and it wound up being stolen. When Anthony discovered it was missing, he prayed it would be found or returned to him. The thief did return the book and in an extra step returned to the Order as well. Anthony occasionally taught at the universities of Montpellier and Toulouse in southern France, but he performed best in the role of a preacher. So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, most unlettered and the innocent could understand his messages. It is for this reason he was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. He was only 35 years old when he died and was canonized less than one year afterward by Pope Gregory IX."

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