Our Lady of Kazan, Pray for us… All! Two years ago our late Holy Father, John Paul II, gave the ancient icon of Our Lady of Kazan back to the Russian Orthodox Church. For centuries the icon was venerated by the Russian people, yet, not many know how precious it was to the Pope.
Who Were Mary's Parents? The story of Mary's birth and details about her aging parents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal writings known as the Protevangelium of James the Lesser that was written by an unknown author.