Autograph on a Relic Card of St. John Bosco From 1889

This is an autograph of Blessed Michael Rua on a relic card of St. John Bosco. Additionally, there is a relic card of Blessed Michael Rua himself kneeling before a crucifix.

Blessed Michael Rua was an Italian Catholic activist and a friend of St. John Bosco. They co-founded the Salesian order with a mission to care for the poor children of the Industrial Revolution. He was known for his fatherliness and kindness.

The relic card is of St. John Bosco from 1889. It contains a little piece of cloth. There is a little testament underneath the relic as well.

At the time, John Bosco wasn’t even close to being canonized. He had only died in 1888. Pope Pius XI canonized him in 1934.

Pope Paul VI beatified Michael Rua in 1972.