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1752 Vatican documented reliquary theca with relic of Pope St. Pius V

Oval crystal-fronted silver pendant reliquary theca housing the second-class ex veste (of the vestment) relic of Pope Saint Pius VA significant relic is affixed to a silk ground surrounded by silver wire and gilt paperolle ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Pii V. P. (Saint Pius V, Pope).  On the back, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Silvestro Merani († 1764), Titular Archbishop of Porphyrion (1742 -1764) and Sacristan of the Roman Curia. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and sealed by the order of Archbishop Merani in 1752.

Pope Saint Pius V OP (†1572) was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States (p. 1566 – 1572), venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. He is chiefly notable for his role in the Council of Trent, the Counter-Reformation, and the standardization of the Roman Rite within the Latin Church. As a cardinal, he gained a reputation for putting orthodoxy before personalities, prosecuting eight French bishops for heresy. By means of the papal bull of 1570, Regnans in Excelsis, Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I of England for heresy and persecution of English Catholics during her reign. He also arranged the formation of the Holy League, an alliance of Catholic states to combat the advancement of the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe. Upon assuming the papacy, he got rid of many of the extravagant luxuries then prevalent in the court. Severe sanctions were imposed against blasphemy, adultery, and sodomy. He was not a hypocrite: in day-to-day life Pius V was highly ascetic. He wore a hair shirt beneath the simple habit of a Dominican friar and was often seen in bare feet. Pope Pius V was beatified by Pope Clement X in 1672, and was later canonized by Pope Clement XI in 1712. Cardinal John Henry Newman declared that "St. Pius V was stern and severe, as far as a heart burning and melted with divine love could be so ... Yet such energy and vigor as he were necessary for the times. He was a soldier of Christ in a time of insurrection and rebellion, when in a spiritual sense, martial law was proclaimed."

Additional Info

  • ID#: 14-RSCR50-125
  • Size: 27 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 1752
  • Origin: Vatican
  • Materials: silver, crystal, paper, silk, silver, Spanish wax
  • Price: $2,250
  • Silver
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