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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Students and AIDS Patients

Late 18th century oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing precious relic Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The relic is affixed to a pale blue silk background decorated with golden paperolle and silver cord ornamentation and identified on a manuscript cedula label as S. Aloy. Gonz. (Saint Aloysius Gonzaga). On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of Pope Pius VI (p. 1775-1799), indicating direct Papal gift from the Vatican.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. (Italian: Luigi Gonzaga; † 1591) was an Italian aristocrat who became a member of the Society of Jesus. While still a student at the Roman College, he died as a result of caring for the victims of an epidemic. He was beatified in 1605, and canonized in 1726. He is a patron of students, Christian youth, Jesuit scholastics, the blind, AIDS patients, AIDS caregivers.

 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 15-RSMR-5
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 1775-1799, Vatican, Direct Papal gift
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Price: $650
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