The Times reports that the Basilica of San Nicola, a church that contains the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. According to sources cited in the article, this rapprochement may potentially lead to a papal visit to Russia at some point in the future. This could also be another step in healing the schism between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church that has lasted for more than a thousand years.
The Basilica of San Nicola is located in Bari, Italy, where the relics of St. Nicholas were transferred in the early tenth century. They were transferred there in order to save them from Muslim invaders. Certain Orthodox believers will say, however, that the relics were stolen by pirates and brought to Bari. Either way, the basilica has been returned.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. Nicholas of Myra, pray for us!