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Documented theca with relics of St Francis of Paola, O.M., Founder of Order of Minims & Patron of Mariners

20th century round glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of Saint Francis of Paola, O.M. The relic is affixed to a red silk background decorated with gilt paper and silver cord and identified on a manuscript cedulae as S. Francesco de Paola Conf. (Sant Francis of Paola, Confessor). On the back, the theca is secured with perfectly preserved seal of dark red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Girolamo Cardinale († 1954), Bishop of Verona (1923-1954). It is accompanied by original matching authentics document issued and hand-signed by Fr. Cardinale in 1927. 

Saint Francis of Paola, O.M. (Francesco di Paola)(†1507) was an Italian mendicant friar and the founder of the Roman Catholic Order of Minims. The two major movements in this order were humility and non-violence. The word "Minim" refers to living as the smallest or least, or embracing humility, simplicity, and plainness. The call to non-violence and absence of cruelty was expressed through veganism and not doing harm to any creature. He is a patron saint of vegetarians, boatmen, mariners, and naval officers.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 175-RSCR-2
  • Size: 44 mm in diameter
  • Age: ca. 1927
  • Origin: Verona, Italy
  • Price: $975
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