On November 14, 1996, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin passed from this world into the next. The loss of Cardinal Bernardin in the mid-90s, as John Paul II’s popularity was reaching its zenith, marked not simply the end of a powerful man, but the end of an era. As the more politically conservative New York Cardinal Francis Spellman was the generation before, Cardinal Bernardin was the most powerful man during the heyday of the Vatican II aggiornamento in the Catholic Church in America.
In many ways, in addition to being the rainmaker for American bishops in the 1980s, Joseph Bernardin was a brilliant manipulator of public opinion, who was able to overcome a lifetime of accusations of misconduct--directed both against His imminence and a slew of personal friends and priests under Bernardin’s care.
Remnant TV's CATHOLIC SAINTS AND HOLY DAYS pays homage to St Anthony--the great Franciscan preacher to the Moors.
A contemporary of St. Francis, he was only 36-years-old when he died and was canonized less than one year afterward by Pope Gregory IX.
Upon exhumation some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it.
He is typically depicted with a book and the Infant Child Jesus and is commonly referred to today as the "finder of lost articles."
St Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint for lost articles, and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods.