How Belarus helps maintain balance in multipolar world of globalization and morality

How Belarus helps maintain balance in multipolar world of globalization and morality

The main denominations in Belarus demonstrated especial friendliness and cooperation this week. There are fewer Catholics than Orthodox Christians in Belarus, but this did not prevent Minsk from hosting a meeting of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe. A huge delegation of Catholic hierarchs arrived in the Belarusian capital. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in this influential meeting.

Orthodox archpriest Fyodor Povnyi met the bishops of the whole Church of Europe.

Fyodor Povny, archpriest, head of the parish of the Church of All Saints of Minsk.
We show everyone who come to us our faith, show our culture, hold events in the framework of our own traditions. And we must admit, the more we do this the more interesting we become for visitors. We have our own opinion and we are able to respect different thoughts and feelings.

Tolerance is both the state policy of Belarus and the sociocultural reality. Berlin and Brussels initiatives have not reached Belarus yet.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Belarus is not just a geographical center of Europe; it is the Lord's destiny. For many centuries we have been a country where different religions are harmoniously coexisting. Their interaction in many ways influenced the formation of the Belarusian nation, its cultural and spiritual development.

Indeed, the peacekeeping path to the capital of Belarus Minsk is always open. First, Belarus was the peacekeeping platform for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.

Then came turn of the Ukraine conflict, in which Minsk became a negotiating platform. Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko proposed to hold the Helsinki-2 talks in Minsk.

By the way, one more message of Belarus: instead of political confrontation the country proposes competitions in sport. The second European Games will also become an instrument of international diplomacy of official Minsk.

Yauheni Preiherman, political analyst:
Belarus has the official prerequisites for us to say that different interests and nationalities have somehow lived together in peace on this land from time immemorial. Today's there is professional analysis in place to prevent the strengthening or crossing of some red lines that will lead to a head-on collision between Russia and the West.

Fyodor Povny:
It seems that Minsk, as a meeting place, where the fateful decisions are being ripened and are taken, has acquired its significance as a result of the state and church policy of peace and good-neighborliness.

Meeting with the Catholic hierarchs the Belarus President said that to avoid a historical impasse, it is necessary to meet the exarchs and discuss the problems on the most acceptable territory.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Here you said about the effectiveness of the meeting of the Pope and our Patriarch Cyril - somewhere there, far away in Cuba. I think we need to make sure they meet here in Minsk. This is exactly the place where you can discuss the problems of the West, East, North and South, and the whole planet.

A common prayer for Belarus is the idea of the Belarus President aimed at interconfessional friendship.

Volunteers - Christians, Jews and Muslims - together beautify the cult and cultural places.

Ivye village is a unique place in Europe. Here all religions are interwoven - after putting the local mosque in order, these young volunteers go to the nearby Catholic church.

You always need to help people when they ask. For example, this Roman Catholic church can at any time ask us for help with cleaning the area.

We also helped to clean up the territory of the mosque and the Orthodox church.

These doors are always open for the needy. Parents of children with oncology often come here. In general, these are large families from the periphery.

This charity center is consecrated according to the Roman rite, but there are various workers here: those who honor the Moscow Patriarch and those who worship the Pope. Christian Belarus is compared a person: two lungs - Orthodoxy and Catholicism - but only one heart.

Svetlana Kudrevich, project manager of the religious mission "Charitable Catholic Society "Caritas" of the Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese:
The boy is small, he turned 3. We celebrated his birthday. Here he learned to walk. He had three clinical deaths. When he was discharged, honestly, his mother was scared to leave this place.

This is by the way the only Belarusian street with the Latin name in Cyrillic. Caritas Street. Caritas means love for your neighbor.

Fifty cardinals and bishops from all over Europe came to Minsk. Maybe this was the recognition of the achievements of the Belarusian Catholic Church.

Evgeny Pustovoi, political observer:
Quiet, cozy, well-groomed center and the obligatory attribute of the sovereignty and the Magdeburg law - the town hall. That's the way the old mother Europe looks. Better to say looked, but Belarus retained this friendly color. This is where the Orthodox cathedral and the Catholic church exchange bell rings in a friendly manner.

This is at a time when the Old World lost its way among the traditional pillars of a moral civilization and traditions are worth nothing.

The inhabitants of postmodern Europe are trying to hide from primordial ideals, like from annoying rain, with rainbow-colored umbrellas. "Quo vadis?" the official Minsk asks the whole continent.

Alexander Lukashenko:
I really want the Catholic church and the Orthodox church in my country and in other countries to play a more significant role today than they themselves see their role. We need you today more than ever. Your word should be bright, powerful and assertive, which, maybe, is not peculiar for the typical church. But we do need you today. Time is such today. I would ask you and urge you that your voice from the center, the geographical center of Europe, sounds not only for Europeans, but also for all the peoples of the whole world.