Saint Anthony is one of the most beloved saints of the Catholic Church. He’s the one to pray to, for the return of lost articles which might include car keys, misplaced papers, a lost lover …
A short train ride away from Venice is Padua, where you can visit the magnificent Basilica of Saint Anthony. It’s well worth a visit.
He is often shown with the Infant Jesus, a book and lilies, as seen in this street shrine in Venice.
This particular shrine also illustrates another facet of his character, that of profound love of and devotion to the Virgin Mary.