More than 1 million Russians Venerate Marian Relic

More than 1 million people flocked to Moscow’s Russian Orthodox cathedral—causing massive traffic snarls in the Russian capital—to venerate a reputed relic of the Virgin Mary.

The “Belt of the Virgin Mary,” which is believed to have miraculous properties, was viewed by more than 3 million Russians during a 40-day tour of the country that ended in Moscow on November 28. The relic is ordinarily kept by the Orthodox monks of Mount Athos in Greece.

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