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Reliquary theca with relics of St. Francis of Paula & St. Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene

Oval crystal-fronted brass theca housing relics of Saint Francis of Paola and Saint Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene. The relics are affixed to a multicolored silk background surrounded by silver wire and gilt paperole ornamentation and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedulae labels as S. Franc. Paul / S. Gajet. Thiene.  On the back,  the theca is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with an imprint of a coat of arms of the diocese of Milan.

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 the 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.

Saint Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene (†1547) was an Italian Catholic priest and religious reformer, who helped found the Congregation of Theatines. Saint Cajetan was beatified in 1629 and canonized in 1671. His feast day is celebrated on August 7. He is the patron saint of bankers; gamblers; unemployed people; workers; non-gamblers; document controllers; job seekers; Albania; Italy; Ħamrun(Malta); Argentina; Brasil; El Salvador; and Guatemala.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 19-8-RSINR-125
  • Size: 32 x 27 mm
  • Age: ca. 18th century
  • Origin: Milan, Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $700
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