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Reliquary theca with relics of 5 Franciscan Blessed: Bl Ladislas of Gielniow, Bl Jacopone da Todi, St Humilis of Bisignano, Bl Novellon of Faenza & the Bl Julian Cesarello de Valle

Oval glass-fronted theca housing relics of five Franciscan Blessed: The Blessed Ladislas of Gielniowthe Blessed Jacopone da Todi, the Blessed (laterSaintHumilis of Bisignano, the Blessed Novellon of Faenzaand the Blessed Julian Cesarello de Valle. 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

The Blessed Ladislas of Gielniów († 1505) was a Polish Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Order of Friars Mino​r who was an observant of the Rule of Saint Francis of Assisi and served his order in various capacities that included both a doorkeeper and as its provincial. He also travelled across Poland to evangelize to the faithful and was a noted preacher. Pope Benedict XIV beatified him in 1750. Since his beatification he was appointed as the patron of various places such as Warsaw (1962) and Galicia.

Fra Jacopone da Todi, O.F.M. (†1306) also know as the Blessed James (Jacob) of Bitecto  as an Italian Franciscan friar from Umbria who wrote several laudi (songs in praise of the Lord) in the local vernacular. He was an early pioneer in Italian theatre, being one of the earliest scholars who dramatised Gospel subjects. From the time of his death, Jacopone was considered to have been a saint by his followers, both within and outside of the Franciscan Order. He is honored as Blessed within the Order. Several attempts were made over the centuries to have the Catholic Church recognize his sanctity. In the 17th century, both the City Council and the cathedral chapter of Todi petitioned the Holy See to do so. In the 19th century, the Postulator for the causes of saints of the Order of Friars Minor collected documents for this step. To date, however, the Church has never formally approved this devotion. 

Saint Humilis of Bisignano, O.F.M., (Italian: Umile da Bisignano) (†1637) was a 17th-century Franciscan friar who was widely known in his day as a mystic and wonderworker. The cause for Humilis' canonization was begun in mid-17th century. He was beatified in 1882 by Pope Leo XIII and declared a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

The Blessed Novellon of Faenza (†1280), was a penitent mischievous shoemaker who retained only so much of his wages as was necessary for his support, dividing the remainder among the poor and the sick. He severely chastised his body for the sins of his past life and amid great hardships undertook the pilgrimage he had promised to make.  With the approval of the pope his native town celebrates his feast, and shoemakers have chosen him for their special patron.

The Blessed Julian Cesarello de Valle (†1349) was a Franciscan priest and noted preacher throughout the region who was known for his austere lifestyle, strict devotion to the Franciscan rule, and charity to the poor. He was buried at the convent of Michael the Archangel near Valle where he had lived all his adult life and beatified in 1793 by Pope Pius VI (plenary indulgence granted for celebrating his memorial) with his cultus confirmed in 1910 by Pope Pius X.

 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 58-RSABR-35
  • Size: 50 mm x 40 mm
  • Age: ca. 1920's
  • Price: $575
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