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Belarus President gives icon as a gift to the Pope

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio and the Vatican representative in Belarus, handed Pope Francis a gift from Alexander Lukashenko.

the President of Belarus presented the icon Immaculate Heart of Mary in March 2015 during a meeting in Minsk with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It has now been delivered to the Vatican.

The image is made using ancient Belarusian woodwork technique. The pontiff praised the gesture and in return addressed the giver with words of sincere gratitude as well as gave Apostolic Blessing to the Belarusian people.

Belarus President gives icon as a gift to the Pope