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Spectacular Reliquary with relics of China / Vietnam Catholic Martyr Saints: St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. François-Régis Clet, St. John of Triora & St. Ignatius Delgado. 中華殉道聖人 Các Thánh Tử đạo Việt Nam

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Spectacular Reliquary with relics of China / Vietnam Catholic Martyr Saints: St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. François-Régis Clet, St. John of Triora & St. Ignatius Delgado. 中華殉道聖人 Các Thánh Tử đạo Việt Nam

An opulent and massive solid silver-faced Baroque reliquary housing substantial and historically-important ex ossibus (of the bone) pre-canonization relics of four Catholic Martyr Saints of China and Vietnam: St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, St. François-Régis Clet, St. John of Triora, and St. Ignatius Delgado, all Beautified by Pope Leo XIII on May 27, 1900. The reliquary was sealed around the time of the Beatification by the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris and distributed by the Vatican's Papal office of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.  The relics are affixed to a background of red silk and surrounded by paperolle, silk thread, and imitation pearl decoration, identified on the typeset cedula labels as B. L. Gabr. Dufresse E. M. Sem. Miss. Ext. (the Blessed Louis Gabriel Dufresse Bishop & Martyr, Society of Foreign Missions) / B. Francisci Clet M. Cong. Miss. (the Blessed Francis Regis Clet, Martyr, Congregation of the Mission) / B. Ioan, a Triora M. Ord. Min. (the Blessed John da Triora, Martyr, Order of Friars Minor) / B. Ign. Delgado E. M. Ord. Praed. (the Blessed Ignacio Delgado, Bishop & Martyr, Dominican Order).  On the back, under a protective cap, the reliquary is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with a coat of arms of the Postulator General of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (Société des Missions étrangères de Paris, short M.E.P.), a Roman Catholic missionary organization of secular priests and laypersons dedicated to missionary work in foreign lands. On the front, the crystal-fronted reliquary opening is surmounted by a coat of arms of Pope Leo XIII (p. 1878-1903) and decorated below with a shield engraved with Latin inscription: EX OSSIBVS / MARTYRVM LXXVII / SINEN. TVNQVINEN COCHINCHINEN / QVIBVS LEO PAPA XIII / ANNO IVBILAEI MCM / BEATORVM HONORES / DECREVIT. ("Of the Bones of 77 Martyrs of China and Cocochina (Vietnam), whom Pope Leo XIII declared as the Beatified in the jubilee year of 1900."). The reliquary comes in its original silk-lined fitted case embellished on the outer lid with a gilt coat of arms of Pope Leo XIII.  

St. Louis 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 ordained a priest in 1774 and sent as a missionary to Szechuan, China. There he was imprisoned for six months in 1784 during government persecution of Christians. He was betrayed to the authorities by a native Christian and was arrested. He was beheaded on 14 September 1815 at Chengdu, Sichuan, China. His head was attached to a pole and his body left exposed for three days as a warning to others. He was Beatified by Pope Leo XIII in the jubilee year of 1900 and Canonized 100 years later by Pope John Paul II in the Great Jubilee year of 2000 together with a group of 120 Catholic Martyr Saints of China and Vietnam.

St. Francis Regis Clet, (†1820) was a member of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) and a Martyr Saint of the Catholic Church. After obtaining permission to go to the missions in China, for 30 years he spent a life of missionary sacrifice. Upheld by an untiring zeal, he evangelized three Chinese provinces: Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan. Betrayed by a Christian, he was arrested and thrown into prison where he underwent atrocious tortures. Following a sentence by the Jiaqing Emperor, he was killed by strangling on February 17, 1820. Pope Leo XIII Beatified him on 27 May 1900. He was Beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 27 May 1900 and Canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 2000.

St. John da Triora, O.F.M. (†1816) was a Dominican priest and a Martyr Saint of the Catholic Church who served in  Changsha Fu, China where he baptized over 9000 natives. Put in prison together with other Catholics in the summer of 1815, he was then condemned to death and strangled on February 7, 1816. He was Beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 27 May 1900 and Canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 2000.

St. Ignatius Delgado y Cebrian, O.P. (†1838) was a Spanish missionary considered to be one of 117 Catholic Martyrs of Vietnam. He was born in Villafeliche, Spain, in 1761, and was raised in a pious family. He became a Dominican priest and served as a missionary in Vietnam for almost 50 years. He was named coadjutor vicar-apostolic at East Tonkin, Vietnam. However, government-sanctioned persecution of Christians began soon after. Ignatius was arrested and locked in a cage, then put on public display for ridicule and abuse, and left to die of hunger and exposure. The martyr was Beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 27 May 1900 and Canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988. His feast is commemorated on July 12.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 13-RSCBR-3
  • Size: 11 1/2 in x 8 1/4 in (29 x 21 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: France
  • Materials: silver, brass, crystal, silk
  • Price: Price upon request
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