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Reliquary theca with relics of St Maria Goretti, Virgin & Martyr

Mid-20th century round glass-fronted brass theca housing first class ex corpore (of the body) relic of Saint Maria Goretti. On the back, under protective cap, the theca is secured by a red seal with a coat of arms of the Passionists Order.

Saint Maria Goretti (1890 – 1902) is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest canonized saints. on June 24, 1950, Pius XII canonized Maria as a saint, the "Saint Agnes of the 20th century." Maria's body is kept in the crypt of the Basilica of Nostra Signora delle Grazie e Santa Maria Goretti in Nettuno, south of Rome. It has been often reported that it is incorrupt but this is not the case. It is kept inside a statue which is lying down beneath the altar, which has been mistakenly believed by some to be its entirety. She is a Holy Patron of victims of rape, crime victims, teenage girls, modern youth, and Children of Mary.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 12-RSMIR-15
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1950s
  • Origin: Italy
  • Price: $475
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