Russia: 'You are our heroes!' — Patriarch Kirill congratulates ISS crew at Christmas

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia (Russian): Thank you.” Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus' held a video session with the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) from the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Sunday. The priest congratulated Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov on the day of Eastern Orthodox Christmas. “You are our heroes, the... Еще representatives of Russia there, in orbit,» said the patriarch, noting that Christmas is the «holiday that warms the soul and sets people up for good.» The Russian members of the ISS crew, in turn, delivered their congratulations to the church leader. For many years the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and the ISS crew congratulate each other on Christmas and Easter.

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