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Fancy documented reliquary with a relic of St. Pope John XXIII

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Fancy documented reliquary with a relic of St. Pope John XXIII

Rare fancy gilt filigree silver reliquary housing the second-class ex indumentis (of the clothes) pre-canonization relic of Saint Pope Paul XXIII. A substantial cloth relic is affixed to a gilt starburst on a ground of red silk ground surrounded by gilt paperolle ornamentation, studded with four crystals, and identified in Latin on a bi-color typeset cedula label as Ex Insumentis B. Joannis XXIII Papae. (of the clothing of the Blessed Pope John XXIII).  On the back, under a protective cap, the reliquary is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giulio Mencuccini, CP., Bishop of Sanggau. The reliquary is accompanied by the matching authentics document issued and signed by Bishop Mencuccini on October 11th (the Feast Day of the Saint) of 2000. 

This item is appropriate for private and public veneration.

Saint Pope John XXIII (Latin: Joannes XXIII) (†1963), affectionately known as "the Good Pope," was head of the Catholic Church from 1958 until his death. Roncalli was unexpectedly elected pope on 28 October 1958 at age 76 after eleven ballots. Pope John XXIII surprised those who expected him to be a caretaker pope by calling the historic Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), the first session opening on 11 October 1962, which is now celebrated as his feast. John XXIII made many passionate speeches during his pontificate. His views on equality were summed up in his statement, "We were all made in God's image, and thus, we are all Godly alike." He made a significant impact on the Catholic Church, opening it up to dramatic, unexpected changes promulgated at the Vatican Council and by his own dealings with other churches and nations. In international affairs, his Ostpolitik engaged in dialogue with the communist countries of Eastern Europe and reached out to the Eastern Orthodox churches. His overall goal was to modernize the Church by emphasizing its pastoral role and its necessary involvement with affairs of the state. He used the opportunity to name the first cardinals from Africa, Japan, and the Philippines. He promoted ecumenical movements in cooperation with other Christian faiths. In September 1962, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died eight months later on June 3, 1963. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 3 September 2000. On 5 July 2013, Pope Francis declared John XXIII a saint based on his virtuous, model lifestyle and because of the good that had come from his opening of the Second Vatican Council. He was canonized alongside Pope John Paul II on 27 April 2014. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 39-RSJP-1
  • Size: 12 cm high x 6 cm across (4 3/4 x 2 1/3 inches)
  • Age: ca. 2000
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: gilt silver, glass, silk, paper, Spanish wax
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
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