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1989 Documented reliquary with relics of St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, founder of the Little House of Divine Providence

Round white-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex carne  (of the flesh) relic of St. Joseph Benedict CottolengoThe relic is affixed to a silk ground surrounded by gilt paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as Ex carne S. B. J. Cottolengo (Of the flesh of St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo) 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 the Little House of Divine Providence. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued in Octber 13, 1968 (the day of her beatification) by the Postulator General responsible for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization. 

Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo) (†1842), venerated as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, was the founder of the Little House of Divine Providence. The institution that Cottolengo founded, still exists in Turin including Fathers, Sisters, and Brothers who still work together in activities focused on communicating God's love for the poorest. They operate facilities in Ecuador, India, Italy, Kenya, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United States. Cottolengo was beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1917, and was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934. His feast day is celebrated on 30 April. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo was listed among the saints of charity by Pope Benedict XVI in his 2005 encyclical Deus caritas est. Cottolengo is invoked against infectious diseases, as well as against cirrhosis and other liver diseases, due to a miracle attributed to him where he appeared in a dream to a nun who then miraculously recovered from cirrhosis.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 342-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1989
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, wax
  • Price: $700

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