Russian patriarch sends Easter greetings to ISS crew

Natalya Mihailova | 13 April 2015
Moscow, April 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent Easter greetings to the cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station on Sunday in his first video linkup with the crew from the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. He also congratulated the cosmonauts on Cosmonautics Day celebrated on April 12.
Russian patriarch sends Easter greetings to ISS crew

“You are doing a great job for the country and for the world as a whole,” the patriarch said.

“Outer space has always lured mankind. In our spiritual life, too, we aspire to the stars,” he said.

There is a Catholic, the American astronaut Scott Kelly, among the ISS crewmembers. Patriarch Kirill said in this connection that work on an international crew has “enormous peacemaking importance.”

On the occasion of the Easter date the crew wore red T-shirts, the color of Easter. They thanked the patriarch for Easter greetings and asked him to pray for a successful completion of their work in space.

Previously, Patriarch Kirill would send Easter and Christmas greeting to the ISS crew by telephone.

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