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Skeleton of St Anthony goes on display to

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Pilgrims are being given the chance to see the 13th Century remains of St Anthony which go on display in a glass case today in Italy.

The display, which will last until Saturday will be in chapel of his tomb in Padua and marks the feast of the transfer of St Anthony, also known as the 'feast of the tongue'.

This commemorates the first time his remains were moved in 1263, under the direction of St Bonaventure, and the final transfer to Relics Chapel of Padua's Basilica on February 15 1350.

St Anthony, patron saint of Padua, is also known as Anthony of Lisbon. When his coffin was moved 30 years after his burial it was opened and it is claimed most of his body was found to have returned to dust.

However his tongue remained fresh, which was seen as a sign of his gift of preaching, and was kept in a separate relic box.

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However his tongue remained fresh, which was seen as a sign of his gift of preaching, and was kept in a separate relic box.

Well that certainly conjures up a grotesque image.

Is The Tongue going to get a taste of the feast?

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Well that certainly conjures up a grotesque image.

Is The Tongue going to get a taste of the feast?

yeah....how does just the tongue remain fresh? Sounds like a job for Orbit gum... :lol:

...ew. :mellow:

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It is not THAT St Anthony, it is just some local Italian St Anthony of Padua. The famous st Anthony lived 1000 years before this one in 3rd century, and was a student of Tertullian, then becoming a hermit in Thebaide.

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There's only ONE st Anthony and that's the St Anthony of Padua

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