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c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket
  • c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket
  • c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket
  • c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket
  • c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket
  • c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket

c1507 St Francis de Paola Roman Catholic Relic in Locket

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£500.00


Product Description

A rare, totally original Roman Catholic Saint’s Relic, that has been preserved inside an oval silver plated locket, with a glass front.

The relic, which appears to be a fragment of short coarse hair, possibly from an eyebrow or beard, has been mounted on a piece of cerise cloth. A small paper label is attached with printed: ‘S. Franc. De Paul’. The locket opens up to show on the inside reverse a red wax religious seal, with a coat of arms. The shield is surmounted by Italian crown, with effigies of 3 heads, a horseman, a winged lion on diagonal stripes. The seal holds together a cord that ensures the inside remains intact and access to the relic cannot be achieved without breaking it. The cord and seal are intact. The locket is numbered 10. The relic is part of 3 items that we are selling that belonged to Archbishop Michele Federici (1911 – 1980). He was the Archbishop of Santa Severina in Calabria and died tragically in the earthquake of Irpinia, near Castelgrande.

St Francis de Paola (1416 – 1507) was an Italian Mendicant Friar and the founder of the Roman Catholic ‘Order of Minims’, abbreviated as O.M.. The order was previously the Hermits of St Francis of Assisi. It was changed by Pope Alexander VI to Minims. Pope Leo X canonised him in 1519. Because of a miracle, where he crossed a stretch of water floating on his robe, he is the Patron Saint of boatmen, mariners and naval officers. In 1963 Pope John XXIII designated him Patron Saint of Calabria.

Size: 3.1 x 2.3 x 0.8 cm (1.25 x 0.9 x 0.3 inches)
Weight: 8 g

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