Patriarch decorates world 1st woman-cosmonaut with a rare church order
06 March 2012, 17:24
Patriarch Kirill decorates world first woman-cosmonaut with a rare
Moscow, March 6, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
decided to decorate first woman-cosmonaut and State Duma MP Valentina
Tereshkova with a church order for Glory and Honor (1st degree).
Such a decision was taken regarding how much Tereshkova made for
"Motherland and the Russian Orthodox Church," the Patriarch said in his
message dedicated to the cosmonaut's jubilee, the Moscow Patriarchate
reports at its website.
"Your life is connected with the history of Cosmonautics. Having made a
solo flight in space in 1963, at dawn of outer space exploration, you
are still a symbol of high spiritual treats of a Russian woman ready for
selfless heroism not only in Russia but in the whole world," the
Today Tereshkova celebrates her 75th birthday.
Order for Glory and Honor is the second important order of the Russian
Church and was set up in 2004. State and government heads, leaders of
international and intergovernmental organizations, state, public and
religious figures are decorated with it for significant contribution in
interchurch and interreligious cooperation, in strengthening peace and
friendship among nations.
This order is given more seldom than other awards of the Russian Church.
Among its holders are Patriarch Alexy II, newly elected President
Vladimir Putin, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, head of the Muslims of the
Caucuses Allahshukur Pasha-zade, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.