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Patriarch Kirill to present replica of Kazan Icon of Mother of God to Pope Francis - media

February 13, 0:41 UTC+3 VATICAN CITY
One of the icon’s replicas was presented to Pope John Paul II who wanted to return it to the Russian Orthodox Church
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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis

© Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP

VATICAN CITY, February 13. /TASS/. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will present a replica of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God as a gift to Pope Francis at their first-ever meeting in Cuba, ANSA said on Friday.

One of the icon’s replicas was presented to Pope John Paul II who wanted to return it to the Russian Orthodox Church during his possible visit to Russia. In the long run, it was taken by Cardinal Walter Kasper who was President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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