Wednesday, August 25, 2004

From blogforlovers

Пресвятая Богородице Казанская, спаси нас.

Pope returns Our Lady of Kazan to Russia
He wanted to do it in person - magnanimous - but was dissed by the Patriarch of Moscow - rather something else. Saved from the Communists, the icon was kept safe by Russian and Roman Catholics all these years. Fr John Mowatt, sometime parish priest of the Russian Catholic church in Boston under this icon's dedication, gone since 1974, put it in the Byzantine Rite chapel at Fátima before it was entrusted to the Pope. This copy is the one whose print, from Aid to the Church in Need, I have laminated in the inside cover of my Byzantine Rite office book.

It goes back to Kazan the 28th August, the Julian-reckoning feast of the Assumption.

Cardinal Kasper - a liberal who isn't friendly to the Orthodox - isn't the most felicitous choice as the courier but it's still a great gesture.

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