2017-05-24 22:55:00

Putin kisses relics of St. Nicholas Miracle-Maker

Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin kissed the relics of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Maker on Wednesday evening.

After congratulating Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his name day the head of state visited Christ the Savior Cathedral which houses the arc containing the saint's relics which were delivered to Moscow from the Italian city of Bari.

The relics of Saint Nicholas were brought to Russia as part of an agreement reached between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill during their historic meeting in Havana on February 12, 2016. It was a unique event as the primary relics have not left the town of Bari throughout the 930 years during which they have been kept there.