In hind site it is clear that the Eastern European Statists' offers of religious immunity from persecution in the previous century, coming in exchange for an embrace of nationalist heresies and social/civil compliance were a Faustian bargain. In the aftermath of that tyranny we have an extremely potent witness and warning that is pretty relevant in our present United States. We also have an encouraging sign of healing and a witness that in the end, the gates of hell will not prevail.
"Entrusting the message of reconciliation to the protection of the Mother God, the twoleaders exchanged gifts during the special ceremony. Patriarch Kirill gave thebishops of Poland an icon of the Mother of God of Smolensk, whilst Archbishop Michalikgave the patriarch an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa."