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1962 Documented reliquary theca with relics of a Capuchin St. Francesco Maria da Camporosso, OFM

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex carne  (of the flesh) relic of Saint Francesco Maria da Camporosso, OFM. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as Ex carne / S. Francisci M. Camporubeo (of the flesh of Saint Francesco Maria da Camporosso. 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 Capuchin. The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the Postulator General of the Order on 9 December 1962 (on the day of the Saint's canonization) and comes in the original silk-covered case of the issue containing a roundel with a portrait of the Saint. 

Saint Francesco Maria da Camporosso (†1866) was an Italian Roman Catholic professed religious from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin who became a beggar in Genoa where he sought alms from people and was at first heckled and assaulted before his reputation for personal holiness spread which prompted people to come and see him. The cause for his sainthood commenced on 9 August 1896 under Pope Leo XIII while Pope Pius XI titled him as Venerable on 18 December 1922 and later beatified him on 30 June 1929. Pope John XXIII canonized him as a saint on 9 December 1962 inside Saint Peter's Basilica.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 314-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1962
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $875
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