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Spectacular theca with relics of 4 Franciscan Martyr Saints of China & Vietnam: St. Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. Ignatius Delgado, St. François-Régis Clet & St. Giovanni of Triora 中華殉道聖人

Spectacular silver glass-fronted reliquary decorated with intricate filigree wire ornamentation and housing significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of four Franciscan Martyr Saints of China and Indo-China Saint Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, Saint Ignatius Delgado y Cebrian,  Saint François-Régis Clet, and Saint Giovanni of Triora Substantial relics are affixed to the background of red silk surrounded by gilt wire and natural pearl ornamentation and identified on separate paper cedulae labels. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a perfectly preserved seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Franciscan Order. The reliquary was most likely made shortly after the beatification of the Saints in 1900.

Saint Gabriel Taurin Dufresse (†1815) was a member of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris and a Martyr Saint of the Catholic Church​. He was sent as a missionary to Szechuan, China in 1775 there he was imprisoned for six months during government persecution of Christians. He was appointed as the Titular bishop of Thabraca and Co-adjutor Vicar Apostolic of Se-Ciuen (Sichuan), China on 24 July 1798​ where he spent the next 15 years in constant danger during the persecution of Christians. He was betrayed to the authorities by a native Christian and was arrested ​and beheaded ​in 1815 at Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Pope Leo XIII declared him as venerable on 2 July 1899 and Beatified him on 27 May 1900. He was Canonized by Pope John Paul II on 1 October 2000.

Saint Ignatius Delgado y Cebrian, OP (†1838), a bishop from Spain, was one of the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs (also known as the Martyrs of Indochina), who were beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1900 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988. Father Ignatius Delgado, was captured in the village of Can Lao, put in a cage on public display for ridicule and abuse, and died of hunger and exposure while waiting for execution.
 
Saint François-Régis Clet (†1820) ( 劉格來) is one of the Martyr Saints of China. In 1769 he entered the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) and in 1791 he went to China. He was arrested and executed for an illegal mission. He was declared a venerable in 1843, beatified in 1900 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000.
 
Saint Giovanni of Triora (†1816) (John Lantrua of Triora) is one of the Martyr Saints of China. He joined the Franciscan Friars at age 17 where he later became a priest. He became a missionary to China in 1799. After working in China with great success for 18 years, he was arrested, imprisoned, and strangled in 1816. He was Beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1900 and Canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 05-RSCR-12
  • Size: 6 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in (16 x 12 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: Silver
  • Price: Price upon request
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