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1991 Documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Cesidio Giacomantonio, Martyr of China

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) pre-canonization relic of the St. Cesidio Giacomantonio. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on typeset cedula label as B. Caesidii Giac. Mart. (Blessed Cesidio Giacomantoni Martyr).  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 the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) . The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed in 1991 by the Postulator General of the Order responsible for the Causes of Canonization. 

Saint Cesidio (Angelo) Giacomantonio (†1900), was an Italian priest and a Franciscan missionary martyred in China during the Boxer rebellion. In 1899 he expressed desire for the foreign missions in China. He arrived in Hengyang on Christmas Day and was sent to a small community in the eastern part of the province. Less than a month later rumors of persecutions began to circulate and the Boxer Rebels made a surprise attack on the main residence in Hengyang on July 4, 1900. Fearful that the Blessed Sacrament would be profaned Cesidio rushed to the chapel without considering his own life in danger. The fanatic crowd wounded him with lances and sticks and wrapped him in a blanket soaked in petrol. They set it on fire and he completed his martyrdom before he reached the age of twenty-seven. He was beatified in 1946 by Pope Pius XII and proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 138-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm (1 1/3 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1991
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk
  • Price: $675
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