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1986 Vatican-documented theca with relics of St. Joseph Cafasso, Patron of Prisons & Prisoners

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing second-class ex Indumentis  (of the clothing) relic of Saint Joseph Cafasso. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on typeset cedula label as S. Josephi Caf. C. (Saint Joseph Cafasso, Confessor ).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Monsignor Camillo Ruini in the capacity of the Vicar General of Rome. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed in 1986 by Fr. Ruini. 

Saint Joseph Cafasso (Italian: Giuseppe Cafasso; †1860) was an Italian Roman Catholic priest who was a significant social reformer in Turin. He was one of the so-called "Social Saints" who emerged during that particular era known as the "Priest of the Gallows" due to his extensive work with those prisoners who were condemned to death. But he was also known for his excessive mortifications despite his frail constitution: he neglected certain foods and conditions to remain as frugal and basic as possible unless a doctor ordered otherwise. The cause for his canonization commenced after his death that led to his beatification in mid-1925 and his canonization two decades later on 22 June 1947; he is a patron for prisons, prisoners, and whose condemned to death.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 99-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1986
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk
  • Price: $775
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