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1967 Documented reliquary with relics of the Benedictine Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti

Round yellow-metal glass-fronted reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of the Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as Ex Ossibus B. Maria Fortunata Viti (of the bone of the Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti) 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 Saint Benedict (The Benedictines). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued on October 8, 1967 (the day of her Beatification) by the Postulator of the Order responsible for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization. 

Blessed Maria Fortunata Viti O.S.B. (†1922) was an Italian Benedictine nun who has been beatified by the Roman Catholic Church. Viti joined the Benedictines at the Monastery of San Maria de'Franconi in Veroli on 21 March 1851, at the age of 24. Though she spent more than seventy years in the Order, she never progressed beyond the office of housekeeper: she served the monastery by spinning, sewing, washing, and mending clothing. Viti remained illiterate her entire life, but she had great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Viti was declared venerable on 8 April 1964 by Pope Paul VI, and beatified on 8 October 1967 by the same pope. Her feast day is on 20 November.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 350-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1967
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: Met
  • Price: $600
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