Anthony of Padua was sainted in 1261 almost immediately after his death. He was noted for his doctrine:
"A word fitly spoken is more forcible than any army. We know the Lord, we know His reasoning. Let us act in His stead for the good of all mankind."
Anthony is the patron saint of American Indians; animals; barren women; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; Franciscan custody of the Holy Land; harvests; horses; lost articles; lower animals; mail; mariners; oppressed people; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; seekers of lost articles; shipwrecks; those who have suffered starvation; sterility; swineherds; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses; travellers; watermen; zooligists.
Anthony also represents seekers of the truth and philosophers. The last of his ministries became the most important as they caused the Franciscans to become far more important in the formulation of official policy through the Catholic Church.