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Fancy documented reliquary theca with a hair relic of St. Pope John Paul II

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Fancy documented reliquary theca with a hair relic of St. Pope John Paul II

Rare round gilt metal reliquary theca housing the first-class ex capillis (of the hair) relic of Saint Pope John Paul II. A relic, comprised of several strands of hair, is affixed to a red silk ground surrounded by gilt paperolle ornamentation, six white crystals, and a color portrait of the Saint. It is identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Capillis Joannis Pauli II Papae. (of the hair of [Saint] Pope John Paul II).  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 Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. The reliquary is enclosed in the original case of issue embellished with a coat of arms of Saint Pope John Paul II. It is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued on April 27th of 2014 (the day of his canonization) and signed by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, Postulator General of the Cause for Canonization of  Pope John Paul II. 

This item is appropriate for private and public veneration.

Saint Pope John Paul II (†2 April 2005) was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 until he died in 2005. John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope born in Poland since the 16th-century Pope Adrian VI. John Paul II attempted to improve the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He upheld the Church's teachings on the right to life, artificial contraception, the ordination of women, and celibate clergy. He was one of history's most traveled world leaders, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. John Paul II's cause for canonization commenced one month after his death with the traditional five-year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor, Benedict XVI, and was beatified on 1 May 2011 (Divine Mercy Sunday) after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to his intercession, the healing of a French nun called Marie Simon Pierre from Parkinson's disease. A second miracle was approved on 2 July 2013, and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later. John Paul II was canonized on 27 April 2014 (Divine Mercy Sunday). It is traditional to celebrate saints' feast days on the anniversary of their deaths, but that of John Paul II (22 October) is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration. Posthumously, some Catholics have called him "St. John Paul the Great," although the title has no official recognition. The canonization Mass for Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII was celebrated by Pope Francis (with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) on 27 April 2014 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican (John Paul II had died on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005). About 150 cardinals and 700 bishops concelebrated the Mass, and at least 500,000 people attended the Mass, with an estimated 300,000 others watching from video screens placed around Rome.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 34-RSJP-14
  • Size: 53 mm (2 inches) in diameter
  • Age: ca. 2014
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, paper, crystals, Spanish wax
  • Price: Price upon request
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