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Italy: Relics of St. Nicholas entrusted to ROC ahead of journey to Moscow02:09

Italy: Relics of St. Nicholas entrusted to ROC ahead of journey to Moscow

Italy, Bari
May 21, 2017 at 11:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

The relics of Saint Nicholas were brought into the crypt of the Saint Nicholas Basilica in Bari, Sunday, before their 3,000km-long journey to Moscow, the first time the relics have been moved from their resting place in 1,000 years.

The relics were handed over to Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Moscow, who led a holy mass inside the crypt, with over 100 worshippers attending.

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev and Metropolitan Archbishop of Bari-Bitonto Francesco Cacucci signed the papers for the temporary loan of the relics to Russia. The remains of the 4th-Century saint, who is particularly revered in the Russian Orthodox Church, then began their journey from Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

Patriarch Kirill and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church are set to hold a solemn mass in Moscow, celebrating the arrival of the legendary relics. Believers will be able to visit the remains of Saint Nicholas from May 22 till July 12 in Moscow and from July 13 till July 28 in Saint-Petersburg.

The agreement to bring the relics to Russian was brokered by Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their historic meeting in Havana, in February this year.

Italy: Relics of St. Nicholas entrusted to ROC ahead of journey to Moscow02:09
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The relics of Saint Nicholas were brought into the crypt of the Saint Nicholas Basilica in Bari, Sunday, before their 3,000km-long journey to Moscow, the first time the relics have been moved from their resting place in 1,000 years.

The relics were handed over to Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Moscow, who led a holy mass inside the crypt, with over 100 worshippers attending.

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev and Metropolitan Archbishop of Bari-Bitonto Francesco Cacucci signed the papers for the temporary loan of the relics to Russia. The remains of the 4th-Century saint, who is particularly revered in the Russian Orthodox Church, then began their journey from Bari’s Basilica of St Nicholas to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

Patriarch Kirill and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church are set to hold a solemn mass in Moscow, celebrating the arrival of the legendary relics. Believers will be able to visit the remains of Saint Nicholas from May 22 till July 12 in Moscow and from July 13 till July 28 in Saint-Petersburg.

The agreement to bring the relics to Russian was brokered by Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their historic meeting in Havana, in February this year.

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