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1989 Documented reliquary theca with relic of St. Clelia Barbieri, founder of the Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of St. Clelia Barbieri. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Cleliae Barb. V. (St. Clelia Barbieri, Virgin). 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 Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows. The relic comes in the original case of the issue and is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the Postulator General responsible for the cause of canonization issued on the day of the canonization - 9 April 1989. 

Saint Clelia Barbieri (†1870) was an Italian Roman Catholic and the founder of the Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows regarded as the youngest founder of a religious congregation in the history of the Catholic church. Barbieri declined the married life in her adolescence – even when pressured – in favor of leading a life dedicated to the needs of others; she served as an educator for a while and joined a religious movement that made her a notable figure in her village. Barbieri's canonization cause started on 15 March 1930 when she was made a Servant of God, progressed with her beatification on 27 October 1968, and culminated with her canonization on 9 April 1989 under Pope John Paul II.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 498-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1989
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $825
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