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Reliquary theca with relics of 5 Franciscan Blessed: St Charles of Sezze, St Egidio Mary of St. Joseph, Bl Antonio da Stroncone, Bl Wincenty Kadłubek & St Theophilus of Corte

Oval glass-fronted theca housing relics of five Franciscan Blessed: the Blessed (later Saint) Charles of Sezze, the Blessed (later Saint) Egidio Mary of St. Joseph, The Blessed Antonio da Stroncone, the Blessed Wincenty Kadłubekand the Blessed (later Saint) Theophilus of Corte. The relics are affixed to a background of red silk and titled on typographic cedula labels. On the back, the theca is secured with a red wax seal with a coat of arms of Fr. Antonio Santarelli, the Postulator General of the Franciscan Order responsible for causes of beatification and canonization

Saint Charles of Seize (†1670) (Sancte Carole Setinae) was an Italian professed religious from the Order of Friars Minor who led an austere life doing menial tasks such as acting as a porter and gardener, but was also a noted writer and counselor to noble families and popes such as Innocent X and Clement IX. His beatification was celebrated in 1882 while Pope Pius XII approved his canonization in 1958; but the pope died before he could canonize the friar so his successor Pope John XXIII did so on 12 April 1959.

Saint Egidio Mary of St. Joseph (†1812) was an Italian professed religious of the Order of Friars Minor who became a Franciscan brother rather than an ordained priest due to his lack of proper education and so dedicated himself to the care of the poor and ill in southern Italian cities such as Taranto and Naples where he earned the moniker of the "Consoler of Naples".  Pope Leo XIII beatified him in 1888 after the confirmation of two miracles attributed to his intercession. In 1919 the Archbishop of Taranto Orazio Mazzella named him the patron of Taranto. Pope John Paul II canonized him on 2 June 1996.

The Blessed Antonio da Stroncone (†1461) was an Italian Roman Catholic professed religious from the Order of Friars Minor. He became a member of that order in his late childhood after cultivating a strong devotion to Saint Francis of Assisi during his childhood with his parents who were also Franciscans. His beatification received formal confirmation from Pope Innocent XI on ​in 1687 after the pontiff ratified the friar's enduring and local 'cultus' - otherwise known as popular veneration. 

The Blessed Wincenty Kadłubek († 1223)​, also known as Vincent of Cracow,​  was a Polish Roman Catholic prelate and professed Cistercian who served as the Bishop of Cracow and was also a noted historian and prolific writer. His episcopal mission was to reform the diocesan priests to ensure their holiness and sought to invigorate the faithful and cultivate greater participation in ecclesial affairs on their part. The process for his canonization proved quite slow despite initial momentum to see him proclaimed as a saint. The cause languished for several centuries until 1764 when Pope Clement XIII beatified him.

Saint Theophilus of Corte (†1740) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and a professed member from the Order of Friars Minor​ who became known for his preaching and evangelization efforts and acted as a reformer in establishing houses for the Franciscans in northern Italian cities and throughout the Corsica island. He was known for his cheerful demeanor and his willingness to assist others while also known for his tireless dedication to silence and solitude which he exhorted his fellow friars to exercise in order to better commune with God. He was beatified in 1896 and was canonized as a saint on 29 June 1930.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 56-RSABR-35
  • Size: 50 mm x 40 mm
  • Age: ca. 1920's
  • Price: SOLD!

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