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MOSCOW, May 1. /TASS/. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has contacted with the International Space Station (ISS) to congratulate Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko, Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka on Easter.
"For me the conversation with cosmonauts is always a joyful and inspiring event. Twice a year I have such a possibility - with the use of technical means to see you in a working atmosphere," the Patriarch said, noting that the work of the cosmonauts is "very important for all people of the Earth."
The well-coordinated work of the multi-national team of the International Space Station is an example of cooperation in achieving goals and repelling threats, Patriarch said.
"It is very important that today people of various nationalities are working side by side at the international station. These people are representing countries which don’t always have an efficient dialogue on the Earth but which successfully cooperate in outer space," the Patriarch said, adding that this united team is an example for people of the Earth.
"And you are cooperating because you have common goals and common threats you have to deal with, you have to overcome to continue your work," he said. "And I think that on the Earth countries today are facing a lot of dangers and we should stay together to make the world a better place. We are confident that the example of cosmonauts is a major example for countries and nations.
Last year, Orthodox Easter coincided with the Cosmonautics Day celebrated on April 12 in Russia. The Patriarch congratulated the ISS crew on both holidays.