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Fw: Statement on the Vatican copy of the Kazanskaya icon

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  • Rev. Sergei Overt
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    Message 1 of 1 , May 20 2:59 PM
      > > ON THE COPY OF THE ICON OF OUR LADY OF KAZAN IN THE VATICAN
      > >
      > > Statement by the Communication Service
      > > of the Department for External Church Relations
      > > of the Moscow Patriarchate
      > >
      > > Recently the Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, has
      > made a statement on a possibility for the Pope John Paul II to visit
      Russia
      > to return to her a copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan in its keeping.
      In
      > this connection, the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate
      > Department for External Church Relations has been authorized to make the
      > following clarification.
      > >
      > > On the basis of the analysis undertaken on April 1, 2003, in Rome by a
      > group of authoritative scientists delegated by the Russian Federation
      > Ministry of Culture and the Vatican, it has become known that the Icon of
      > Our Lady of Kazan kept in the apartments of the Pope of Rome is a 18th
      > century copy made by a provincial icon-painter on the pattern
      characteristic
      > of the late 17th-early 18th century.
      > >
      > > In its size and character, this icon cannot be identified with either
      the
      > historical miracle-working Icon that appeared in 1579 in Kazan or other
      > known and venerated icons. The statement that this icon is "authentic" is
      > justified only in the sense that it is not a modern forgery and fully
      > corresponds to the time to which it has been dated by specialists.
      > >
      > > The returning of this icon as one of many which were in the liturgical
      > usage and were illegally taken out of the country in the years of
      upheavals
      > cannot be considered a reason for John Paul II's visit to Russia.
      Previously
      > such icons were returned to our country from abroad on many occasions
      which
      > normally involved customs officials and other law-enforcement bodies in
      > various countries, as well as benefactors who had bought out purloined
      > icons.
      > >
      > > The attempts to link the returning of this icon with the question of a
      > visit of the Pope of Rome to Russia are astonishing, the more so that the
      > Vatican has not negotiated such a visit with the Russian Orthodox Church.
      > The possibility for a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of
      > Moscow and All Russia and the Pope of Rome depends entirely on the
      readiness
      > of the Vatican to take steps for healing the problems standing between the
      > two Churches, such as the Catholic proselytism among people who belong to
      > Orthodoxy by baptism and cultural tradition and the strained circumstances
      > in which the faithful of the canonical Orthodox Church live in western
      > Ukraine. However, the recent establishment of new Catholic dioceses in
      > Kazakhstan shows that the Vatican's policy is aimed at aggravating the
      > existing problems.
      > >
      > > Copyright (c) 2002 Communication service
      > > of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow
      Patriarchate
      > > Adress: 22, Danilovsky val, Danilov monastery DECR, 115191 Moscow,
      Russia
      > > Telephone: (7-095) 2302439 Fax: (7-095) 2302619 E-mail:
      > commserv@...
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