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1986 Vatican Documented theca with relics of Blessed Simon Fidati (of Cascia)

Round glass-fronted yellow-metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) relic of the Blessed Simon of Cascia. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a manuscript cedula label as B. Simoni a Cas. C.  (Blessed Simon of Cascia, Confessor).  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 Monsignor Ugo Poletti (†1997), an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Vicar General of Rome (1973–1991). The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued in 1986 by Msgr. Poletti. 

Blessed Simon of Cascia (or Simeone Fidati) (†1348) was an ascetic and preacher from Cascia, Italy. His desire for a spiritual life of study, prayer and solitude caused him to reject all episcopal appointments. He worked to reform those involved in prostitution, converting many and founding a "house of penance" for them. In Florence, he founded a woman's convent and a refuge for unmarried mothers. Simon died in Florence during the Great Plague, and his remains are preserved in Cascia at the Basilica of St. Rita. He was beatified by Pope Gregory XVI in 1833, and his Feastday is celebrated on February 16.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 98-RSGSR
  • Size: 32 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1986
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: metal, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $700
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