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‘Discovering the face’ of St. Anthony

June 20, 2014

Forensic scientists have been able to construct an image of the face of St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231).

“From only the skull, his face and its features were reconstructed with a high degree of objectivity,” according to a L’Osservatore Romano report.

“His teeth, while completely healthy and normal, show signs of a vegetarian diet and one that was anything but plentiful,” the report added. “[H]e was a handsome man of Atlanto-Mediterranean descent with a noble and refined profile, cut from a cloth which was both strong and fragile.”


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 20, 2014 9:23 AM ET USA

    If you look at the L'Osservatore Romano article (link) the modern reconstruction of his face really isn't all that different from the image of him in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, also depicted in the article.