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Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Pope Pius X, Patron of Pilgrims

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing second-class ex indumentis  (of the cloth) relics of Saint Pope Pius X. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Pio X ( Saint Pius X).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing a hard-t0-see imprint of a coat of arms, most likely of the Postulator General of the Vatican. 

Pope Saint Pius X (†1914) was Pope from August 1903 to his death in 1914 and was canonized in 1954. Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox theology. His most important reform was to order the codification of the first Code of Canon Law, which collected the laws of the Church into one volume for the first time. He was also considered a pastoral pope, in the sense of encouraging personal holiness, piety, and a daily lifestyle reflecting deep Christian values. He is a Holy Patron of Society of Saint Pius X, Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia; Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa; first communicants; Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana; Archdiocese of Kottayam, India; Esperantists; pilgrims; Santa Luċija, Malta; Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Archdiocese of Zamboanga, Philippines; emigrants from Treviso; Patriarchy of Venice; and Catechists. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 557-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1950s
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: Metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $275

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