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22 Sep 2016

Church’s constructive stand toward political events in Belarus emphasized

MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko emphasized a constructive stand of the church toward the current political events in the country during his meeting with the Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church on 22 September, BelTA has learned.

According to the President, the meeting traditionally focuses on the topical issues of cooperation between the country’s authorities and the church. He thanked the church “for its contribution to the development of Belarus and its society.” The head of state added that a number of big changes had taken place in the Belarusian Exarchate.

The President expressed confidence that “our further cooperation will remain creative and help us coordinate the efforts for the consolidation of the society and its intellectual enrichment.”

“The future of the church largely depends on its understanding of the need to increase the spiritual aspect in the social processes in Belarus. Our people have always been guided by high humanitarian achievements, following the best moral examples. At all times the church has been the messenger of hope and faith, helping people in their pursuit of Christian ideals. The authority and experience of the church is highly demanded today,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The Belarusian leader stressed that the fundamental principles of the Orthodox Church, i.e. justice and humanity, inspired people to heroism. These are the values that helped them live through the most difficult times with dignity. “I have placed these values - justice and humanity - at the basis of my policy,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to the President, priests take an active part in patriotic activity, celebrating the heroism of the Belarusian people during the years of dreadful ordeals. The nation survived thanks to its high spirituality, dignity and courage.

“I would like to emphasize the constructive stand of the church toward the current political events in our country. It once again proves your interest in the dynamically developing Belarusian state,” Alexander Lukashenko concluded.

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