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Pope Francis to give St Cyril relic as gift to Patriarch Kirill — media

February 12, 2016, 23:53 UTC+3 VATICAN CITY
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VATICAN CITY, February 12. /TASS/. Pope Francis is expected to present a relic of Saint Cyril, the Apostle to the Slavs, and a standing cup as a gift to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at their first-ever meeting in Havana, ANSA said on Friday.

Saint Cyril, a brilliant linguist, devised an alphabet, thus becoming the founder of the Slavonic literature, died in Rome and is buried in Basilica San Clemente dedicated to Pope Clement I who died as a martyr in Chersonesus at the turn of the 2nd century.

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