Pope confirms intention to return Icon of Our Lady of Kazan to Russia
Pope John Paul has confirmed his intention to return the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan to Russia, according to speaker of the Russian Federation Council Sergei Mironov, who was addressing journalists following an audience with the Holy Father.
Mironov also stressed that the Vatican's Secretary of State, who attended the audience, indicated that there is no conflict on the issue between Russia and the Vatican.
The Federation Council Speaker added that the principle and clear-cut "stand of the Pope in regard with the Iraqi problem" was especially conducive to rapprochement of Russia and the Vatican's positions.
Mironov said "the Iraqi theme was central at the meeting and I expressed gratitude to the Pontiff for his repeated statements urging cease fire in Iraq."
In his opinion, the Vatican's position on Iraq was undoubtedly influencing the opinion of all Catholics in the world as the Vatican "is the centre of the Catholic world."
He exchanged presents with the Pope. The Russian senator presented Pope John Paul II a dish with the picture of the Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow while the Pope, in his turn, gave Mironov a book about the Vatican and a medallion.
Our Lady of Kazan (Ikons: Windows into Heaven)
The icon of Our Lady of Kazan (ikona.ru)
Icon could hold key to Church dialogue (Catholic Weekly)
2 Apr 2003