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“Almost every day, requests come to us to share the relics of St. Nicholas, and what has happened is clearly the privileged status of our attitude towards the Russian Orthodox Church and personally to you, Your Holiness.” —Roman Catholic Archbishop Francesco Cacucci of Bari, Italy, the custodian of the relics of St. Nicholas, speaking to Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, on Sunday, May 21 in Moscow. He was explaining his decision to allow the relics to go to Russia, saying it represented a conscious decision on the part of the Catholic Church to privilege a request for the relics from the Russian Orthodox Church. Cacucci had journeyed from Bari to Moscow with the relics. The relics will remain in Russia until the end of July.
“This joyful event has become another concrete result of our meeting with Pope Francis of Rome.” —Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Sunday, May 21, speaking of the arrival of the relics of St. Nicholas in Moscow, Russia, saying that the decision to have the relics come to Russia was a fruit of the meeting he had on February 12, 2016, in Havana, Cuba, with Pope Francis, the first meeting ever of a Pope with a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church
“In our difficult time when in the field of international relations we see the escalation of conflicts and confrontations, cultural and spiritual cooperation is one of the most effective means for Churches to help overcome enmity among nations.” —Patirarch Kirill, Ibid.
Below are videos of the relocation to Moscow of St. Nicolas’ relics.
The Video of the Ceremony before the relocation to Moscow of St. Nicholas’ relics:
The arrival ceremony of St. Nicholas’ relics in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of Moscow:
The St. Nicholas Relic in Moscow: thousands of faithful in a row
It came in the afternoon in Moscow, in the Basilica of San Salvatore, accompanied by a religious and civilian delegation in Bari, the relic of San Nicola contained in a reliquary made by the Russian Federation.