S. Antonio da Padova
After only one year from friday 13 June 1231, the day of the death of Blessed Antonio, thanks to the miracles he performed, Pope Gregorio IX decided to accelerate the canonical process for his proclamation as Saint.
It is precisely from the canonization ceremony that the deep bond that unites Rieti people with St. Antonio originates. When the emissaries of the city of Padua arrived in Rieti to ask for the sanctification to Gregorio IX, already Bishop of Rieti in 1214, they were received with a candlelight procession of the citizens who strongly supported them.The ceremony should have taken place in the Cathedral of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione (cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption), but since the Pope was forced to move to Spoleto, the Rieti people reacted by turning the procession into a protest. The protest soon became a demonstration of great devotion that remains intact even today and that makes Rieti one of the most important places for the cult of Antonio di Padova.