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    [Clement XII]. Manuscript Fair Copy of the Decree of the Canonization of St. John Francis Regis. One and a half pages, 7" x 9". Dated April 5, 1737 at top left. Titled, "Decret de la canonization du B. Jean Francois Regis." Prepared by Antonfelice Cardinal Zondadari, the manuscript announces the canonization of Jean Francois Regis by Clement XII and lists two miracles performed by the Saint. In French, untranslated.

    Together with a small imprint (in French) containing instructions for indulgences accorded by Clement XII on the occasion of the canonization of Jean Francois Regis. Three pages, 3.75" x 6.75", circa 1737.

    Clement XII was born Lorenzo Corsini on April 7, 1652. He became pope in 1730 until his death in 1740.

    Jean Francois Regis (1597-1640) was canonized on April 5, 1737. He was ordained a priest at age 31, and devoted his life to working with marginalized populations, specifically orphans and at-risk women. He worked with victims of the bubonic plague and set up hostels for prostitutes. The two miracles listed in the manuscript offered here involve women.

    Condition: Both documents have even toning, with annotations in pencil on verso. Crease corners and rust stain at top. Manuscript has flattened folds and remnants of a wax seal on verso affecting a few words.

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