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1994 Documented theca with relics of the African Martyr Blessed Isidore Bakanja

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1994 Documented theca with relics of the African Martyr Blessed Isidore Bakanja

Round glass-fronted yellow-metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of the Blessed Martyr Isidore Bakanja. The relic is affixed to a ground of red silk and identified on a typeset cedula label as Ex Ossibus B. Isidorii Bakanja (of the bone of the Blessed Martyr Isidore Bakanja).  On the back, under the 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 Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1994 by the Pro-Postulator General responsible for the cause of beatification and canonization. 

Blessed Isidore Bakanja (†1909) was an African Roman-Catholic layman who is considered a strong witness to the grace of reconciliation that can be experienced between peoples of different races. Bakanja accepted the Christian faith at eighteen years of age through the ministry of Cistercian missionaries in the Belgian Congo. He was a very devout convert and catechist. Bakanja had a great love for the Blessed Virgin Mary that he expressed through the recitation of the rosary and by being invested in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. His employers had ordered him to cease sharing the Gospel and remove the scapular that he wore as a witness to his faith. Isidore's refusal to comply with the demands of his supervisor resulted in his being brutally beaten and chained. As a result of the beating and persistent ill-treatment he received, Bakanja's wounds became severely infected. He suffered martyrdom in 1909 and was beatified on 24 April 1994 by Pope John Paul II.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 536-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1994
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: SOLD!
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