Sign of Love Between Catholic and Orthodox

The Catholic Church’s gift of a relic of St. Nicholas to the Russian Orthodox - at the Pope’s behest - has been hailed by both churches as a “historic” milestone in ecumenical relations.

Catholic Bishop Josef Werth of the Siberian Diocese of the Transfiguration of the Lord formally presented Russian Orthodox Bishop Aristarch of Kemerovo and Nowokuznesk with the relic during a solemn Orthodox Liturgy for the feast of St. Nicholas on December 19th. Although both churches celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas on the December 6th, the Russian Orthodox still use the Julian calendar to calculate when feasts fall, so the feast is celebrated thirteen days later in the East. -Read More

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