Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines
September 9, 2016
“Let us pray for good relations between Russia and United States,” said Patriarch Kirill I. Source: Igor Palkin/patriarchia.ru
Patriarch Kirill I (Gundyayev) conducted a prayer service
for peace and nature conservation on the Russian border
island of Ratmanov, located in the middle of the Bering
Strait, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.
The Patriarch flew to the island, part of the Autonomous
Chukotka Area, in a Mi-8 helicopter from the village of
Lavrenty, and then traveled by ATV across the marshy
tundra to a veneration cross.
“I am standing by this cross on Ratmanov Island, four
kilometers from the United States, facing toward the
Eurasian continent, toward Russia,” the Patriarch
“Near this image of the Lord’s Cross, let us pray
that the Lord will have mercy on all creation, on the
entire human race, on our Russian country and on our
entire historic Rus. Let us pray for world peace. Let us
pray for good relations between Russia and United States
– in fact, we are neighbors.”
Patriarch Kirill arrived in Pevek, Russia’s
northernmost city, on Sept. 6. From there, he began his
visit to Chukotka.
During the visit, the Patriarch will lay the cornerstones
for two new shrines in Pevek and near the Ugolny airport.
Additionally, he will meet with local reindeer herders.