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Reliquary theca with relic of St. Francesco de Geronimo (Francis Jerome)

Oval glass-fronted brass theca housing a second-class ex Paleolo (of the coat) pre-canonization relic of Saint Francesco de Geronimo (Francis Jerome). The relic is affixed to a red silk background and identified on a bi-color manuscript cedula label as ex Paleolo / B. Franc. de Hier. (from the coat of St. Francis Jerome).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

Saint Francesco de Geronimo, S.J. (St. Francis Jerome) (†1716) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Jesuits. He was an energetic pastor who dedicated himself to missions across Naples either in large locations or in rural areas where he was known for succinct and concise preaching that resonated with all people regardless of their social status. But from his love for the missions came a desire to be in the Far East for missions; he was pained when he was not allowed to join the Jesuit mission in Japan or India but continued to dedicate himself to preaching and teaching students. He is known to have written the "Diu vi Salvi Regina" which later was adopted as the national anthem of an independent Corsica in 1735. On 2 May 1758, he was proclaimed to be Venerable after Pope Benedict XIV declared in a formal decree that the late Jesuit priest had practiced the theological and cardinal virtues in a heroic fashion. Pope Pius VII approved two miracles attributed to him and beatified him on 2 May 1806 in Saint Peter's Basilica, while the confirmation of two more miracles saw Pope Gregory XVI canonize Francesco de Geronimo as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on 26 May 1839.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-7-RSINR-125
  • Size: 37 x 30 mm
  • Age: ca. late 18th century
  • Origin: Italy (Vatican?)
  • Materials: silver, brass, crystal, silk
  • Price: $695
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