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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Robert Bellarmine

Round glass-fronted reliquary theca dating to 1920's housing pre-canonization first-class relics of Saint Robert Bellarmine. The relics are affixed to a golden background and identified on a typographic cedula as B. Rob. Bellar. E. C. (Blessed Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Confessor). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a perfectly preserved imprint of a coat of arms of cardinal Basilio Pompilj (†1931), Vicar General of the Roman Curia (1913-1931).

Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J. (†1621) was an Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church who was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. He was a rector of the Roman College and the Archbishop of Capua. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930; the following year he was declared a Doctor of the Church. His remains, in a cardinal's red robes, are displayed behind glass under a side altar in the Church of Saint Ignatius, the chapel of the Roman College, next to the body of his student, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, as he himself had wished. In the General Roman Calendar Saint Robert Bellarmine's feast day is on 17 September and he is a Holy Patron of Bellarmine University; Bellarmine Preparatory School; Fairfield University; Bellarmine College Preparatory; canonists; canon lawyers; catechists; catechumens; and Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 86-RSABR-25
  • Age: ca. 1920's
  • Price: $475
  • Orthodox Cross
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