I have a third class relic from Blessed Carlo Acutis. If I touch that item to another item, does that item become a third class relic also?

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A third class relic is any item, new or old, that has made contact with the remains of a saint, or pressed against their tomb or reliquary; in other words a first class relic.1

Third-class relics: any object that has been in contact with a first- or second-class relic.2

A 3rd class relic doesn't fulfil these requirements.

1 Catholic Relics

2 Wikipedia: Relic


In case you don't trust the links above, I will quote the pertinent info concerning your question from the link:

Relics are physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Our Lord. They are usually broken down into three classes. First class relics are the body or fragments of the body of a saint, such as pieces of bone or flesh. Second class relics are something that a saint personally owned, such as a shirt or book (or fragments of those items). Third class relics are those items that a saint touched or that have been touched to a first, second, or another third class relic of a saint. [bold mine]

Source: Treasures of the Church—About Relics

Supported by: His Eminence Marcello Cardinal Semeraro, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, Vatican City.

And yes, I realize the OP asked this quite some time ago, but since Blessed Carlo Acutis is now Saint Carlo Acutis, I figured I'd bring this old question back up for review. It appears the answer to OP's question is "yes".

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