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1985 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relics of St. Rita of Cascia, Patroness of Impossible Causes

Round white-metal pendant reliquary theca housing the second-class ex indumentis  (of clothing) relic of St. Rita of Cascia.The relic is affixed to a red silk ground and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Ritae a Cassia, Vid. (St. Rita of Cascia, Vidow).  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 authentics document issued in 1985 by Msgr. Poletti. 

St. Rita of Cascia (†1457), was an Italian widow and Augustinian nun venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. After the death of her husband, she joined an Augustinian community of religious sisters, where she was known both for practicing mortification of the flesh and for the efficacy of her prayers. Various miracles are attributed to her intercession, and she is often portrayed with a bleeding wound on her forehead, which is understood to indicate partial stigmata. Pope Leo XIII canonized Rita on 24 May 1900. Her feast day is celebrated on 22 May. At her canonization ceremony, she was bestowed the title of Patroness of Impossible Causes, while in many Catholic countries, Rita came to be known as the patroness of abused wives and heartbroken women. Her incorrupt body remains in the Basilica of Santa Rita da Cascia.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 618-RSGSR
  • Size: 33 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1985
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: metal, glass, sik, Spanish wax
  • Price: $925

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