President Lukashenko confers For Spiritual Revival Awards on five Belarusians

President Lukashenko confers For Spiritual Revival Awards on five Belarusians

The triumph of spirituality. At this moment the prestigious ceremony to present awards "For Spiritual Revival" and special prize of the President is taking place at the Palace of the Republic.

Award winners were named in December. Today, January 12, in a solemn atmosphere, one can see Belarusians whose efforts are permeated with the idea of ​​philanthropy, charity and creativity. For Spiritual Revival is awarded in line with presidential decrees. And, as a rule, it is delivered personally by the President. 

Five such awards are given in various fields: for outstanding works of literature and art, or for active work in the field of conservation and development of national cultural heritage.

Alexander Lukashenko:
I note that the current presentation of awards "For Spiritual Revival" and special prizes of the President opens the Year of Culture. The state attaches great importance to the development of this important sector. We see our main task here in strengthening the intellectual, spiritual strength of the people, supporting the initiatives aiming at the conservation of historical heritage, raising to a new level contemporary art. Culture is the foundation on which any nation is formed. It is the basis of ideology, indicating the directions and goals.
We live in a difficult and, unfortunately, a very anxious time. You forgive me, but I have been saying often about it recently. Believe me, not in vain. The profound spiritual crisis has swept many countries. And as a result destructive forces in different parts of the Earth's are attempting to break the system of traditional values.  High technology, unprecedented speed of communication and globalization have not helped people become closer to each other.  Unfortunately, we have seen the bitter fruits of this policy: the rejection of the family institution, the value of human life and social justice. Self-centeredness, selfishness and permissiveness leads to complete degradation. Today it is the cohesion of the nation around the true, creative values that guarantees its preservation and progress, and spiritual health and well-being. It is no coincidence that during the 70th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, our country was called a symbol of peace. The Belarusian people is able to learn from the past, cherish the clean air above and tranquility in society. It remains faithful to high moral values. It is important that people of art understand this and their creativity oppose incivility and other negative phenomena overshadowing our lives.          

Among the winners is the Bishop of Borisov and Maringorskaya Veniamin.

Veniamin, Bishop of Borisov and Maryina Gorka:
The prize, as well as any evaluation of your work, of course inspires, especially when the prize is awarded by the head of state. At the same time, the prize is a big responsibility. For me personally it is a sign of attention to works created by the many of our clergymen of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, and I am one of their representatives.

The award "For Spiritual Revival" went to the labor collective of the medical center Mother and Child. Today the center gives jobs to more than a thousand employees and is uniquely equipped. Even the most difficult children are nursed here and sometime literally brought back to life. 

At present, Belarus is in 25th place among 179 countries and a leader among CIS countries in terms of motherhood comfort.

Konstantin Vilchuk, director of the state Institution "Republican Scientific and Practical Centre "Mother and Child":
During the 10 years we have been trying to build a team, to create a team that gives every patient - from newborn mothers and finishing - warm-heartedness and sincere attitude to everyone who needs our help. And even patients who are born with problems can count on our support. Thanks to state support, thanks to a perinatal care system, the Republic of Belarus has achieved results like these. In the ranking of comfortable maternity and childhood, our country occupies 25th place out of 179 countries. This is a fairly high rating.         

Of course, there are other winners of the award "For Spiritual Revival". There are three more of them. The award was given to the team of the National Museum of Art. 

Vladimir Prokoptsov, Director of the National Art Museum of Belarus:
Now the National Museum of Art is undergoing a renaissance. With the support of the country's leadership we are building the Museum Quarter. We have planned a number of exhibitions, including an exhibition of Orthodox and Catholic icons of the Vatican Museum. We are already making plans for 2017.

Among the award winners is the abbot of the religious community "Parish of the Holy Trinity" in the village of Rositsa. Also, the award went to the local religious association "Vitebsk Diocese Rome", who created the requiem book "Live and Remember", which summarizes the results of work on the identification and study of the burial sites of Belarusians who defended the Fatherland in different parts of Europe. 

In 2015, 10 special awards were given to people of various professions, including journalists, musicians, artists, teachers and authors of the theater and the Belarusian Academy of Sciences.

In addition, the President signed a decree "On awarding a special prize "Belarusian Sports Olympus". This year's awards went to three persons: canoe coach Viktor Kapitonov, athlete-coach of the national rowing and canoeing team Marina Lytvynchuk and journalist, coach, and host of the TV program Sports Week on the CTV Sergei Kanashits.

Sergei Kanashits, journalist, coach, and host of the TV program Sports Week on the CTV:
They noted our merits, which is always nice. In general, sports is more than politics, always says our head of state. This is very important. Now the situation in the world is that only a strong can be good. Sport makes people stronger. Each of us does something so that our sport evolves, and the country becomes stronger.

After the completion of the official ceremony the Belarusian Metropolitan took floor. The Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus appealed to all those present in the hall.

Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus:
We honor those who dedicates work to the spiritual revival and creation of our Fatherland. Today's event is the proof that all of us - the citizens of our homeland, the President of our country and the government - do everything possible so that people live in prosperity, glory and praise and thank God. And then our land will be blessed.

By the end of the ceremony the President once again touched things that concern each of us: the future harvest and even surprises the weather.

Alexander Lukashenko:
I would like to ask to strengthen work on eliminating those traffic problems. We'll clean it up. But I would also ask people to pitch in and work a bit to help communal services. There are a lot of abandoned cars. And do whatever it takes so that we look like a neat nation - Belarusians who are praised, who are always admired.