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Relics of Canonized Popes, the Bishops of Rome

This Collection is comprised of the relics of the Popes who have been canonized or recognized as Saints in the Roman Catholic Church they had led.

A total of 83 out of 264 deceased Popes have been recognized universally as canonized saints, including all of the first 35 Popes (31 of whom were Martyrs) and 52 of the first 54.


If Pope Liberius is numbered amongst the saints as in Eastern Christianity, all of the first 49 Popes become recognized as saints, of whom 31 are Martyrs-saints, and 53 of the first 54 Pontiffs would be acknowledged as saints. In addition, 13 other Popes are in the process of becoming canonized saints: as of December 2018, two are recognized as being Servants of God, two are recognized as being Venerable, and nine have been declared Blessed or Beati, making a total of 95 (97 if Pope Liberius and Pope Adeodatus II are recognized to be Saints) of the 266 Roman Pontiffs being recognized and venerated for their heroic virtues and inestimable contributions to the Church.

Extremely rare documented reliquary theca with four relics of Saint Pope John Paul II

Extremely rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first- and second-class pre-canonization relics of Saint Pope John Paul II. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Lapide et Arca Sepulcrali // Beati Joannis Pauli II Papae // ex Capillis ey ex Jndumentis. (of the sepulcher stone and casket, of the hair and clothing of the Blessed Pope John Paul II).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic comes in the original case of issue embellished with a coat of arms of Saint Pope John Paul II and is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued in 2011 and signed by Rev. Slawomir Oder, the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. We obtained this extremely rare item from someone who worked at the Vatican and received it directly from the Postulator General. This item is appropriate for public and private veneration.

  • ID# 04-SPJP-16
  • Size 52 mm ( 2 1/4 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2011
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
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Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class hair relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class hair relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first-class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Capillis Sancti Joannis Pauli II Papae. (of the hair of Saint Pope John Paul II).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic comes in the original case of issue embellished with a coat of arms of Saint Pope John Paul II and is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued on April 27th of 2014 (the day of his canonization) and signed by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. We obtained this extremely rare item from someone who worked at the Vatican and received it directly from the Postulator General. This item is appropriate for public and private veneration.

  • ID# 1-RSJP-16
  • Size 34 mm (1 1/2 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2014
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price SOLD!

Rare documented reliquary theca with first-class Precious Blood relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first-class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Sanguine Sancti Joannis Pauli II Papae. (of the blood of Saint Pope John Paul II).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic comes in the original case of issue embellished with a coat of arms of Saint Pope John Paul II and is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued on April 27th of 2014 (the day of his canonization) and signed by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic is a small piece of the bloodied cassock of Pope John Paul II when he was shot and wounded on 13 May 1981 during an attempted assassination. We obtained this extremely rare item from someone who worked at the Vatican and received it directly from the Postulator General. This item is appropriate for public and private veneration.

  • ID# 2-RSJP-16
  • Size 34 mm (1 1/2 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2014
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary with a significant bone relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII

A documented reliquary with an important ex ossibus relic of Pope Saint Gregory VII, one of the greatest of the Roman pontiffs and one of the most remarkable men of all times. The ex ossibus (of the bone) first-class relic consisting of an intact right femur (thigh) bone resting on a red-colored velvet covered pillow decorated with gilt silver thread ribbons affixed with small nails to a rectangular burgundy-colored velvet covered wooden plank. The saint is identified on the relic itself in black ink as “S. Gregorius VII” and further on a typeset paper cedula label in French language as GREGOIRE VII. The relic is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of a French town of Saint-Martin du Tertre. A French-language handwritten certification document secured by the analogous seal and affixed to the bottom side of the plank attests to the authenticity of the relic and provides its provenance as follows:

(Translated from French)

“I, the undersigned, parish priest of Saint Joseph Church, attest ... of the diocese of Sens, attest to this holy relic of Our Father Gregory VII, who joined our Lord in the year of grace 1085. I attest to its authenticity and of having sealed it with Our seal, prepared at Saint Martin du Tertre on May 11, 1881. Jaubert “ The relic and the reliquary are in generally good condition showing signs of normal aging and some moth damage to the velvet covering the plank."

  • ID# 25-RSMIR-26
  • Size The plank measures 62 cm (24 ½ inches) and the bone relic measures 43 cm (17 inches)
  • Age ca. 1881
  • Origin Bourgogne, France
  • Materials wood, velvet
  • Price Price upon request

Rare documented reliquary theca with second-class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II

Rare round glass fronted gilt metal reliquary theca housing the second-class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II. The sizable relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Indumentis Sancti Joannis Pauli II Papae. (of the clothes of Saint Pope John Paul II).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic comes in the slipcase of issue embellished with a coat of arms of Saint Pope John Paul II and is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued on April 27th of  2014 (the day of his canonization) and signed by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The relic is a small piece of the bloodied cassock of Pope John Paul II when he was shot and wounded on 13 May 1981 during an attempted assassination. We obtained this extremely rare item from someone who worked at the Vatican and received it directly from the Postulator General. This item is appropriate for public and private veneration.

  • ID# 18-RSJP-7
  • Size 34 mm (1 1/2 inches) across
  • Age ca. 2014
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $2,750

Locket reliquary with relics of 10 Saints: St. Defendentis; St. Pope Adeodatus I; St. Dignatian; St. Peregrin; St. Clement; St. Tranquilla; St. Innocentia & St. Floris

Arch-shaped brass 2-panel locket reliquary with relics of 10 early Saints. The relics are affixed to a red silk background profusely decorated with gilt silver wire and identified in Latin on paper cedulae labels. They are centered around sizable ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Defendentis, Martyr and Saint Pope Adeodatus I (also known as Deusdedit) visible underneath a loose-weave gauze. Other included relics of saints are Saint Dignatian; Saint Peregrin, Martyr; Saint Clement of Rome; Saint Tranquilla; Saint Innocentia; Saint Floris, Martyr; Saint Conflanta, and Saint Incognito (an unknown saint). 

  • ID# 22-RSMIS-11
  • Size 5 inches x 3 1/2 inches (12.5 cm x 8.3 cm)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin France
  • Materials brass, silk, silver thread
  • Price $975
  • Orthodox Cross

1993 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Pope Hormisdas and St. Pope John I

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of St. Pope Hormisdas and St. Pope John I. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on typeset cedulae labels as S. Hormisdae P.C. / S. Joan I. P.M.  (St. Hormisdae Pope and Confessor / St. John I, Pope & Martyr).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Camillo Ruini in the capacity of the Vicar General of Rome. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed in 1993 by Fr. Ruini. 

  • ID# 10-RSGS
  • Size 32 mm across
  • Age ca. 1993
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials Brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $700
  • Orthodox Cross

1994 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Pope Julius I and St. Pope Damasus I

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of St. Pope Julius I and St. Pope Damasus I. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on typeset cedulae labels as S. Damasi P.C. / S. Julii I Pp. C.  (St. Damasus, Pope and Confessor / St. Julius I, Pope and Confessor).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Camillo Ruini in the capacity of the Vicar General of Rome. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed in 1994 by Fr. Ruini. 

  • ID# 02-RSGS
  • Size 32 mm across
  • Age ca. 1994
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $700
  • Orthodox Cross

Vatican Reliquary theca with relics of 2 Martyr Popes: Saint Urban I and Saint Fabian

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relics of two Martyr Popes: Saint Urban I and Saint Fabian. The relics are affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedulae labels as S. Urbani, M.  / S. Fabiani M. (Saint Urban Martyr / Saint Fabian Martyr).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Ugo Poletti (†1997), Cardinal Vicar General of Rome (1973–1991). 

  • ID# 544-RSGSR
  • Size 32 mm across
  • Age ca. 1990s
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $675
  • Orthodox Cross

1961 Documented theca with first-class relic of Martyr Pope Anicetus

Round silvered brass reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Martyr Pope Anicetus. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground decorated with hand-painted floral ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Aniceti, P. M.  (Saint Anicetus, Pope & Martyr).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Enrico Romolo Compagnone O.C.D. (†1989), Bishop Anagni, Italy (1953 - 1972). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1961 by Fr. Compagnone. The document is laminated in clear plastic for safekeeping. 

  • ID# 10-RSMIS10-6
  • Size 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) across
  • Age ca. 1961
  • Origin Central Italy
  • Materials brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $575
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Pope Pius X, Patron of Pilgrims

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing second-class ex indumentis  (of the cloth) relics of Saint Pope Pius X. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Pio X ( Saint Pius X).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing a hard-t0-see imprint of a coat of arms, most likely of the Postulator General of the Vatican. 

  • ID# 557-RSGSR
  • Size 33 mm across
  • Age ca. 1950s
  • Origin Vatican
  • Materials Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price $275

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