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Relic of Blessed Charles in Catalonia

In October of last year, a relic ex ossibus of Blessed Charles I was formally received at the Basilica Church of Our Lady of Mercy & St. Michael Archangel in Barcelona, the capital city of the Spanish principality of Catalonia. The bone fragment is the first relic of the last Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, and King of Bohemia to be publicly venerated in the Kingdom of Spain. It was requested by His Grace the Bishop of Solsona, Don Jaume Traserra y Cunillera, at the request of the Catalonian Delegation of the Constantinian Order. The relic has been enshrined in the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, alongside a portrait of the Emperor.

A grandson of Blessed Charles, HIRH the Archduke Simeon of Austria, attended (with his wife) as the representative of HRH the Infante Don Carlos, Duke of Calabria, the Grand Master of the Constantinian Order and head of the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Also in attendance were Lt. Gen. Don Fernando Torres Gonzalez (Army Inspector General), General Mainar Don Gustavo Gutierrez (Chief of the 3rd Sub-inspection Pyrenees and Military Commander General of Barcelona and Tarragona), as well as representatives of the Order of Malta, the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, various guilds and corps of Spanish nobility, and lay fraternities.

This post was published on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 8:06 pm. It has been categorised under Austria Bohemia Hapsburg Hungary Monarchy Saints Spain and been tagged under , , .
L Gaylord Clark
21 Jan 2010 4:25 am

Nice to know that “eternal Spain” does indeed live on – even if in Catalonia.

So much more dignified too than those other Constantinians.

Andrew Cusack
21 Jan 2010 9:00 am

There are no other Constantinians, so far as this site is concerned!

J. R. Vélez
23 Jan 2010 3:40 pm

As always, it is a real pleasure to read you.

26 Jan 2010 9:34 am

The Església de la Nostra Senyora del Mercè i l’Arquiangel Miquel

Hmmmm I think I know where that church is but I’ll have to check the exact location.
I have a protocol question why the Bishop of Solsona? Shouldn’t the request have come from Archbishop Lluis Sistach?

And what is the Constantinian order? Could you post a brief article about it?



Baron v Hetterscheidt
28 Jan 2010 6:11 pm
Jackie Parkes
31 Oct 2010 12:19 am

Fabulous post..

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