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Documented theca with relics of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of AIDS patients

Small oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing ex ossibus (of the bone) relic of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The relic is affixed to red silk background and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Alois. Gonz. On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giuseppe Bellotti (†), Bishop of Massa Lubrense (1756-1788). It is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued by Fr. Bellotti in 1766. 

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#: 166-RSCR-25
  • Size: 25 x 21 mm
  • Age: ca. 1766
  • Origin: Naples, Italy
  • Materials: silver
  • Price: $1,950
  • Silver

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