Russian Catholics Ask For Opportunity to Adore Icon of Kazan

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ROME, AUG. 26, 2004 ( A group of parishioners of Moscow's Immaculate Conception Catholic Cathedral asked Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz if they could pray before the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan, before it is returned to the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow.

"It would be a great joy for us to be able to pray before a gift of the Pope, even if for a short time," one of the faithful said to AsiaNews.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, a Vatican delegation led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will hand the icon to Patriarch Alexy II as a gift of John Paul II to the Orthodox Church.