2015 Christmas again reflects interfaith peace in Belarus

2015 Christmas again reflects interfaith peace in Belarus

Catholics around the world celebrated Christmas on December 25. This is one of the most important religious dates. Church services all over Belarus began late on December 24. The main mass, according to tradition, was held at the Arch-Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The doors of the church are open to everyone, reiterated in his December 25 sermon Metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. The Archbishop stressed that Christmas is a common holiday for all Christians.

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church:
Pope John Paul II said that he always dreamed of Europe breathing with two lungs: Eastern and Western Christianity. I say: come to Minsk and look: there is a Catholic Cathedral on one side of the street and an Orthodox Cathedral on the other side. And we live in peace. The uniqueness of our country lies also in the fact that we have a lot of mixed marriages. I see the same people here at Christmas and two weeks later I will see them out there, on the other side of the street. This is very good that people help each other, that they celebrate together. It unites us.

The head of state also congratulated those Belarusian Christians who celebrated Christmas on December 25. Alexander Lukashenko noted that "moral and spiritual guidance to many generations of our ancestors were created by Christian faith, embodying the highest ideals of humanism, justice and mercy. The great triumph of the long-awaited holiday, again, as a century ago, gives joy and hope and inspires to do good deeds and actions."