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05.06.2017

Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk Day celebrated in Belarus
Saint Euphrosyne of Polotsk Day celebrated in Belarus Memorial Day of the Blessed Euphrosyne of Polotsk. The day began with celebratory services in all churches of the most ancient town in Belarus, in Polotsk. The Divine Liturgy was held in the Saint Sophia Cathedral as well. It happens only once a year on the fifth day of June, when the first woman Saint is venerated memory.

04.06.2017

Belarus’ Orthodoxies celebrate Trinity Sunday
Belarus’ Orthodoxies celebrate Trinity Sunday Orthodoxies celebrate Trinity Sunday on June 4, 2017. It is one of the main Christian celebrations. Special services are held in churches in Belarus. Priests are holding the services in special green robes. The church believes that this color is a symbol of never-ending life.

30.05.2017

EU to allocate 1.5m euros for Nesvizh Corpus Christi Church renovation
EU to allocate 1.5m euros for Nesvizh Corpus Christi Church renovation The money allocated will be primarily spent for the renovation of the tomb. Another 600,000 BYN will be given by the state. Restoration of the temple has been on for six years already. In 2016 scientists stumbled on a real sensation there: the frescoes were found on the facades. They date back to the 16th-18th centuries. It was a surprise, as the historical sources have no information on the frescos. Church of Corpus Christi was built in 1593 on the model of the temple of the Holy Name of Jesus in Rome.

25.04.2017

Belarus celebrates Radonitsa
Belarus celebrates Radonitsa Radonitsa (also called Radunitsa) is the day of remembering the dead on the ninth day after Easter. Traditionally people visit graves of their relatives and close ones after church services on this day. Many people, just as Belarusians’ ancestors did, bring Easter buns and other ritual dishes to the cemetery. Nevertheless, priests remind people that the main intention of Radonitsa is spiritual remembrance. Belarusians, who are dear to every heart, were remembered at the Eastern Cemetery on April 25, 2017 in Minsk.

17.04.2017

Belarus President: 2017 is a watershed year
Belarus President: 2017 is a watershed year Christians all over the world celebrate Easter these days. The coincidence of different calendars is quite rare. This is the case when a special mood reigns in all the churches and prayer houses of Belarus. Festive services began on 15 April and believers greeted the next morning with the words: "Christ is risen!"

16.04.2017

President Lukashenko lights candle in Transfiguration Church in Baran
President Lukashenko lights candle in Transfiguration Church in Baran Christians of the world celebrate Easter. Coincidence of different calendars is very rare. It is the very case when there is a special atmosphere both orthodox and catholic churches, in houses of worship in Belarus. Celebratory acts of worship began on the eve of Easter and in the morning worshipers said “Christ is risen” to one another.
Christians celebrate Easter
Christians celebrate Easter It is traditional to celebrate Easter with family after going to the church. Christians have many dishes on this day. Painted eggs, Easter buns and paskha (a Russian dessert made from curd or cream and traditionally served at Easter). It is traditional to present and beat with hard boiled Easter eggs, which are a symbol of eternity. Orthodox churches will hold the Great supper in the evening with blessing and singing prayers. Catholic churches will have Saint Masses throughout the whole week.
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz congratulates Belarusians on Easter
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz congratulates Belarusians on Easter The Easter Saturday on the 15th of April is the last day before Easter in Christianity, the religion of the majority of Belarusian people. However, even secular people paint eggs and bake Easter buns. The delicious smell of baking has filled the house of Rita and Vladimir getting ready for Easter. Easter is a special occasion for their family. They have their own technique of painting Easter eggs and their own recipe for Easter buns. Their daughters are eager to help.

15.04.2017

Belarus' preparations for Easter
Belarus' preparations for Easter The last day of fasting and preparations for the bright holiday of Easter. The Easter Saturday for people of faith is both a mournful and a happy day. Bright and celebrative prayers are heard for the first time in the weeks of the fasting. This is when Easter eggs, cakes and paskha (a Russian dessert made from curd or cream and traditionally served at Easter) are blessed. All Christians of Belarus will celebrate Easter on the same day in 2017.

21.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko sends birthday congratulations to Metropolitan Filaret
Alexander Lukashenko sends birthday congratulations to Metropolitan Filaret Metropolitan Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus celebrates his birthday on March 21. In Belarus, he is known as a man of deep faith. He devoted more than thirty years to serving the Church in Belarus. Metropolitan Filaret has high awards and degrees; he is considered one of the most authoritative theologians of the Russian Orthodox Church. President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations to the honorary Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus.

03.02.2017

Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark. The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics. The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.

09.01.2017

Metropolitan Pavel gives interview to CTV
Candles for free and conservatism: Metropolitan Pavel gives interview to CTV On the threshold of Christmas, the leader of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, gave an interview to the Week TV program.

07.01.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: I am very pleased that our church is beside us
Alexander Lukashenko hails unity of state and church in Belarus The President of Belarus wished all Christians bright feast. Alexander Lukashenko on January 7 lit a Christmas candle near the Icon of the Mother of God in the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk. Addressing the clergy and parishioners, the Belarusian leader underlined that today the most important thing for Belarus is the peace and quiet.
President Lukashenko congratulates Orthodox Christians on Christmas
President Lukashenko congratulates Orthodox Christians on Christmas Nativity is one of the greatest holidays for Orthodox. On January 6, Belarusian churches held festive divine services in order to spread the news about the appearance of the savior under the first star in the sky. This day is considered a turning point in human history and the beginning of the chronology of our era.  Everyone strives to fill it with faith and hope, mercy and goodness at every Christmas.
Alexander Lukashenko visits  Christmas service at  Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko visits Christmas service at Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk On January 7, the head of state visited the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, where a Christmas service was held. In the temple, the President met with the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. Alexander Lukashenko and Metropolitan Pavel exchanged gifts. The head of state also lit a candle before the icon of Our Lady of Minsk.

06.01.2017

Belarusians flocking to churches despite Christmas frosts
Belarusians flocking to churches despite Christmas frosts The Orthodox world is celebrating Christmas. Today, on January 6, is Christmas Eve. Believers are waiting for the first evening star in the sky, which is believed to be the symbol of the one that shone over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. Festive church services are usually held on Christmas Eve. For example, the vigil is being held in Minsk at this moment, in the Holy Spirit Cathedral. It is headed by Metropolitan Pavel.
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve The Orthodox world is preparing for Christmas celebrations. January 6 is considered the Christmas Eve.  Believers are waiting for the first evening star in the sky, which is believed to be the symbol of the one that shone over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. Christmas Eve is the last day of the forty-day fasting. All churches will hold public worships.  In Minsk, the main celebrations will be held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Niamiha neighborhood.

05.01.2017

Alternative service in Belarus: basic principles
Alternative service in Belarus: basic principles Thirteen people started the alternative service in Belarus. The relevant law came into force in July 2016. It gives recruits whose religious beliefs do not allow taking an oath the right to replace military service by public works. Vadim is one of those recruits who have decided that military service is not suitable for them. The main reason of that was the alternative service law, which came into force in July 2016.

26.12.2016

Belarusian Catholics celebrate Christmas: President sends congratulations
Belarusian Catholics celebrate Christmas: President sends congratulations Belarusian Christians who adhere to the Gregorian calendar celebrated Christmas on December 25 together with the world. Church services all over Belarus began late on December 24.

23.12.2016

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: Life is the greatest gift of God
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz about death penalty in Belarus: Life is the greatest gift of God Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, has given an interview to the program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. Good evening, Your Grace. Thank you for finding time to give an interview. Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: Good evening. Thank you for inviting.
Bethlehem fire arrives at Farny Сhurch in Grodno
Bethlehem fire arrives at Farny Сhurch in Grodno Bethlehem fire has arrived at the main Catholic church Grodno - Farny Church. The shrine is lit by a special lamp in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Every year on Christmas Eve, the fire starts traveling around the world. In Farny church, the icon lamp was installed near the main altar. Hundreds of people came to worship the fire of grace. In December 2016, you can light a candle and take a piece of this fire home.

21.12.2016

From bread to dairy: Belarusian export geography
From bread to dairy: Belarusian export geography Belarusian food is highly appreciated in the whole world and is exported to at least 50 countries. For example, bread is exported to such countries as Russia, the CIS countries, Germany, the USA, Israel, and Australia to the amount of $7 million annually. Though it takes about two weeks for a consignment to reach Israel, the USA or China, it still remains fresh thanks to shock freezing technology.

14.12.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Day of Angel
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Day of Angel The Day of Angel of Metropolitan Filaret is celebrated on December 14 by the Belarusian Orthodox Church. President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus on this day. The Head of State noted the exceptional contribution of Metropolitan Filaret to the revival of the Orthodox traditions and the strengthening of the Church, which fulfills its function as a source of spiritual enlightenment and social support to people, which is very demanded these days.

13.12.2016

Vatican promises to think about Pope's visit to Belarus
Vatican to consider Pope's visit to Belarus The Catholic Church will consider the possibility of the Pope’s visit to Belarus, said Gabor Pinter, Apostolic Nuncio in the Republic of Belarus on December 13. Today Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only
President: Belarus for resolving conflicts peacefully, at negotiating table only There are new persons among the foreign envoys to Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko received credentials of heads of diplomatic missions of Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Finland, France, Eritrea and Estonia. For the first time after the 13-year break, taking part in the ceremony was the Ambassador of Canada. Among the diplomats was a representative of the Catholic Church. The Apostolic Nuncio handed the President the symbolic message.

28.11.2016

President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th anniversary
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th anniversary Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill celebrated his 70th anniversary last week, which was one of the reasons for the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to Russia. Presidents of Russia and Belarus visited a gala evening devoted to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Politicians and famous art and cultural figures gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
St Nicholas Orthodox Church remembers the siege of Brest Fortress in 1941
Heart and soul of Brest Fortress: mysteries of St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Brest is a unique temple. This is the very same church that is depicted on the painting given by President Lukashenko to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. And this is the church that was converted into a Catholic one for a while, suffered greatly during the German siege of Brest Fortress at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War but has been restored recently.

25.11.2016

Belarus meat-processing factory gets Halal certificate
Belarus meat-processing factory gets Halal certificate Today’s primary goal for Belarusian enterprises is expansion into new markets. However, export to other countries requires international quality certificates. Belarusian enterprises need to achieve a Halal quality certificate to sell their products to Muslim countries. Nowadays, the biggest Belarusian meat-processing factories are working on getting these halal quality certificates. The first plant to get it is based in Slonim.

23.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on 70th birthday Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour where they congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his anniversary. On Sunday, November 20, His Holliness turned 70 years old. The birthday gifts of the Belarusian leader to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church were a Slutsk belt and a painting featuring St Nicholas Garrison Church in Brest.

17.11.2016

The new Cathedral mosque in Minsk
Short history of Muslims and mosques of Minsk The history of Minsk Muslims through the centuries and a short tour of the incredible brand new Cathedral mosque in Minsk all in the following report. Minsk has always been a multinational city. Tatars started to settle on its outskirts at the beginning of the 16th century. Since then the North-West of Minsk had been called Tatarskaya slabada or Tatarskaye pradmescie, which means Tatars' Suburb.

16.11.2016

Belarus hosting first conference of rabbis of European communities
Belarus hosting first conference of rabbis of European communities Belarusian manufacturers will increase the supply of kosher products to Israeli shops. Such agreement was reached in Minsk on November 15. Belarus is hosting the first conference of rabbis of European communities. The participants pursue not only religious interests. They have achieved a number of agreements on cooperation in education, culture and tourism. Specific projects were discussed at the meeting of Council of the Republic.

11.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends opening of first mosque in Minsk
Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends opening of first mosque in Minsk Belarus is famous for its tradition of religious tolerance and mutual respect between people of different nationalities, said President of Belarus during the opening of the first mosque in Minsk November 11. The ceremony was also attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in the Belarusian capital on an official visit November 11. The opening of the mosque was a welcome event for religious associations and communities. After all, about 20,000 Muslims live in Belarus alone. 
First Mosque to open in Minsk November 11
First mosque to open in Minsk November 11 The history of the Minsk mosque began in the distant 16th century. Then it was located in present-day Dmitrova Street, near modern hotel Yubileiny. At the initiative of the head of the Tatar elder statesman, a small wooden building was constructed with a modest interior decoration and two halls for men and women. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, a stone mosque appeared on this place. Unfortunately, after 30 years of the Soviet regime, it was decided to reconstruct the building, and in 1961, it was completely destroyed.

10.11.2016

Mosque for 1500 people to open in Minsk on November 11
Mosque for 1500 people to open in Minsk on November 11 During the visit of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque will be held in Minsk. It will happen on Friday because Friday is a holiday for Muslims. The first mosque existed in Minsk since the end of the 16th century. However, it was closed in 1949. A new mosque has been constructed for 10 years. Today, people can enjoy the building of the Cathedral Mosque at the crossroads of Griboedova and Ignatenko Streets. The Cathedral Mosque can host about 1500 people during a Friday prayer.

01.11.2016

Jack-o'-lantern is a traditional Halloween decoration made from a pumpkin.
Barbie Doll, Santa Claus and Halloween: globalization vs national traditions The world is getting globalized. It means that unique cultural features are disappearing: the hamburger replaces the dranik  – traditional potato pancake, Halloween replaces ancestors remembrance days. Some see no harm in it, others compare it with the bed of Procrustes, a mythic robber, who cut or stretched the legs of his guests if they didn't fit the bed. In other words, made them fit his standart unnaturally.

11.10.2016

30% of Belarusian women do not inform men about abortion decision
30% of Belarusian women do not inform men about abortion decision Should Belarus prohibit abortion? This was the topic of the talk show What's Going On? on the RTR-Belarus on 9 October. Larisa Martynova, board member of the NGO Family and Maternity Support Center "Matulia", psychologist: We are psychologists who give pre-abortion consultations. We represent a volunteer organization which, together with health care institutions, shall amend the law. And we have experience of talks with women. In particular, the situation is associated with men.

02.10.2016

Faith, Internet, writers, church, abortion and sins: Interview with head of Belarusian Orthodox Church
Faith, Internet, writers, church, abortion and sins: Interview with head of Belarusian Orthodox Church Head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, Patriarchal Exarch, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel has answered questions of the program Picture of the World on the RTR Belarus Channel. Various issues concerning Christians, Catholics, Internet, writers, communists, church, abortions and other sins were discussed during the interview. Your Grace, welcome to the program. Pavel, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus: Hello.

28.09.2016

Pilgrims come to Belarus' Radun to commemorate Chofetz Chaim
Belarusian Jerusalem: Pilgrims come to Radun to commemorate Chofetz Chaim New pages of old friendship. Belarusians and Jews continue to be bound by the ties of common history. Less than a year ago, visa regime was cancelled between Belarus and Israel, which gave impetus to the development of closer relations between the countries and peoples. On 27 September, representatives of the world's Jewish community gathered in the Grodno region to honor the memory of the philosopher, rabbi and spiritual leader of the Jewish people Chofetz Chaim.

27.09.2016

Church and state in Belarus: constructive dialogue and common goals
Church and state in Belarus: Constructive dialogue and common goals The church and the state are two powerful forces in the modern world. And in general, in the history of mankind, of course. Belarus has established a secular state where the church and state are separated. But the church still actively influences the life of society. President Lukashenko expressed his hope for a deeper involvement of the Church in the social process. He said this during a meeting with the Synod, the highest governing body of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. Yevgeny Pustovoy has more on the topic.

22.09.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Church’s future depends on its involvement in social sphere
Alexander Lukashenko: Church’s future depends on its involvement in social sphere The opinion of the church on today’s political events in Belarus was discussed at the meeting. The Belarusian Orthodox Church contributed a lot to the patriotic movement. It was the high spirituality that helped Belarusian people survive during tragic and hard times.

26.08.2016

District party committee reprimanded me for aiding religious people: what Belarus president told Morgulis
District party committee reprimanded me for aiding religious people: what Belarus president told Morgulis Michael Morgulis, Honorary Consul of Belarus in the State of Florida (USA), theologian and political scientist, author of the spiritual concept of diplomacy, editor of an American magazine about Belarus has answered questions at the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. You published an interview with the President of Belarus in 2011. Among other things, you were talking on some spiritual topics. What were those conversations like?

10.08.2016

Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value
Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value Pilgrimage to Budslav has received a new status. Now this festival is recognized as a historical and cultural value of Belarus. The tradition of visiting the Mother of God of Budslav dates back to 1990.  In 2015, more than 3 thousand people took part in the pilgrimage to Budslav. It is believed that going on a journey each pilgrim defines for himself or herself a goal and a request that they think about during the entire way. The route of some believers lasts more than 2 weeks. 

24.05.2016

Day of Slavic Literature and Culture in Minsk: Religious procession and prayer
Day of Slavic Literature and Culture in Minsk: Religious procession and prayer Belarus celebrates Day of Slavic Literature and Culture. It is marked in honor of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who in the late 9th century created a system of Old Church Slavonic alphabet and language. All Orthodox churches are holding festive worship today in memory of the Saints. Minsk hosted a big religious procession. Believers divided into two columns that went to the meeting point at Niamiha from two Minsk's churches - the Holy Spirit Cathedral and the St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The procession was followed by a prayer service.

22.05.2016

Days of Belarusian Culture in Paris: Two Our Lady icons in focus
Days of Belarusian Culture in Paris: Two Our Lady icons in focus The spiritual heritage of Belarus was shown and discussed in France. Paris hosted a number of meetings within the framework of the Belarusian Culture Days focusing on two Belarusian Christian shrines - the Zhirovichi and Budslav Mother of God icons. It is noteworthy that these icons relate to different branches of Christianity (Catholic and Orthodox), but are equally revered by both faiths in Belarus. These meetings were held with the support of the cultural center of Belarus in France and Belarus' diplomatic mission in that country. 

20.05.2016

President Lukashenko offers Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus
President Lukashenko offers Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus The President of Belarus has begun a two-day official visit to the Italian Republic and the Vatican. The plane of the head of state landed today in Rome's airport Ciampino. Alexander Lukashenko was welcomed near the plane by officials from Rome and the Vatican, as well as by representatives of diplomatic corps. At the airport, the President of Belarus had a brief conversation with the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Diplomatic Protocol Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

19.05.2016

Exhibition of Belarusian icons opens in Vatican: President Lukashenko to visit it May 21
Exhibition of Belarusian icons opens in Vatican: President Lukashenko to visit it May 21 An exhibition of Belarusian icons opened in the Vatican. This is the first such exhibition from the entire Eastern Europe. The famous Vatican Museum, which is located close to the Sistine Chapel, features more than 30 works that demonstrate the traditions of the Belarusian icon painting of the XVII century. The President of Belarus has sent congratulations to the organizers and participants of the exhibition.
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21 Alexander Lukashenko on May 20-21 will visit Italy and the Vatican. The program of the visit includes the President's talks with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.  The visit will begin on Quirinale - one of the highest of the seven hills of Rome. Here you can find 13 churches and six palaces. But when Italians say Quirinale, they mean the entire state apparatus of the country, like the pair Moscow - the Kremlin. Here is the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

12.05.2016

Radonitsa in Belarus: People remember the dead on ninth day after Easter Radonitsa (also called Radunitsa) in Belarus is also called Easter for the dead. It is celebrated by Orthodox Belarusians. On this day, all churches usually hold memorial services, with tens of thousands of people coming to cemeteries to honor the memory of their loved ones. 

11.05.2016

Church bells in Belarus' temples: You can become a bell-ringer!
Church bells in Belarus' temples: You can become a bell-ringer! Church bells were ringing in all temples of Belarus during the Easter week. Moreover, everyone can try oneself in a role of a bell-ringer! Everything you need is to get a blessing. Bell rhapsody sounded in many Orthodox temples and cloisters. It’s the greatest time for believers, as they rejoice at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox Church shared its joy with the whole world. Everyone can toll a bell in the majority of Belarus' churches.

04.05.2016

Monument to Patriarch Alexy II in Minsk: history of its creation
Monument to Patriarch Alexy II in Minsk: history of its creation The bronze monument to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II was installed at the Cathedral of All Saints in Minsk in 2012 in acknowledgement of his deeds from all the Belarusians. He became Patriarch when the Soviet Union collapsed, but he managed to save the unity of these nations. He did much for the rehabilitation of the Orthodox Church and building of temples and church schools.

03.05.2016

Fedor Povnyi
Archpriest Fedor Povnyi and his unusual hobby Fedor Povnyi, the archpriest of the All Saints Parish, has given and interview to the CTV Channel in which we spoke about spiritual and rather down-to-earth heights, about spiritual safety and revealed why the priesthood is into extreme kinds of sport. Archpriest Fedor Povnyi, prior of the All Saints Parish in Minsk:First of all, I would like to greet you with the words of Easter and Easter happiness and say Christ has Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Mstislavl residents joinly restoring ancient church
Mstislavl residents joinly restoring ancient church An ancient church is being restored in Mstislavl, Belarus. It was built back in 1834. And in the beginning it was the main temple of the city. Over more than 150 years, the building witnessed WWII, religious persecution and more. Valentina Timashkova has donated money for the renovation of the church for the second time. As an employee of a museum, she is well aware of the importance of this deed.

02.05.2016

Copy of old miraculous icon brought to Minsk church
Copy of old miraculous icon brought to Minsk church The Orthodox began to mark Bright Week. During the Easter week celebrations, Royal Gates in temples remain open in a sign that Christ, with his death and resurrection, opened to men the way to heaven. All week, church bells will sound louder than usual. According to a long-standing tradition, any person will have an opportunity to climb to bell towers and ring bells to share Easter joy with others. Easter celebration will last 40 days - until the Ascension, which in 2016 is celebrated on June 9.

01.05.2016

How do famous Belarusians celebrate Easter holiday?
How do famous Belarusians celebrate Easter holiday? September 11 is a convenient date for an election. Although it might be frightening for those who have a long memory: this is the day when the twin towers in New York collapsed in 2001. Once upon a time, also on September 11 (according to the old calendar), King Herod ordered to cut off the head of John the Baptist - the forerunner of Jesus - at the request of the dancer Salome.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Easter service in Shklov
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Easter service in Shklov Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Christ today. Bells call parishioners to churches. Easter liturgy began last night, with thousands of people gathering in temples to hear the joyful news - Christ is Risen! The worship will be held the entire following week, which is considered to be the Easter week. Christians believe that good deeds these days help to remove sins from the soul. The joy of light covers even those people who are far from religion.

30.04.2016

Orthodox Easter: The Holy Fire descends and Belarusians gather in temples waiting for all-night vigil
Orthodox Easter: The Holy Fire descends and Belarusians gather in temples waiting for all-night vigil Orthodox Christians (the majority of people in Belarus) are preparing to celebrate the glorious feast of Easter. This year it coincided with 1 May, Labor Day, although that Soviet holiday has lost its pathos and the red bow is unlikely to survive the competition with red Easter eggs. Our correspondent Alena Syrova felt the atmosphere in Orthodox churches these days. Sincere smiles, bright sun and the smell of fresh Easter cakes: by tradition, Orthodox believers flock to temples on the eve of their main holiday.

24.04.2016

Belarus' Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday April 24
Belarus' Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday April 24 Orthodox believers are celebrating Palm Sunday on April 24. The holiday commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. On the eve of this event, Jesus performed the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus. The news of this spread widely and people greeted him as a king, with branches of palm trees. In Belarus, Orthodox believers usually sanctify willow branches, which are symbols of the palm branches Christ was met with. The sanctified symbols of the holiday are then stored at home during the whole year as sources of healing power.

20.04.2016

Pope receives Chernobyl disaster liquidators, including Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz
Pope receives Chernobyl disaster liquidators, including Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz The topic of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will be brought up today, April 20, at the Vatican. The Pontiff will meet the liquidators of that terrible tragedy. Among them is Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. It is expected that there will meet about 50 representatives of the peoples united by the explosion, namely Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Three of the seven people in Belarus' delegation are Orthodox.

10.04.2016

Red Church in Minsk
Edward Woyniłłowicz beatification begins in Minsk April 10 The beatification of Edward Woyniłłowicz, founder of the Church of St. Simon and Helen, has officially started in Minsk. The ceremony is being held at the Red Church of Minsk. Taking part in it is Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. Beatification is declaration by the Pope that a dead person is in a state of bliss, constituting a step toward canonization and permitting public veneration.

06.04.2016

Belarusian printing
History of Belarusian printing The history of Belarusian printing dates back to 1517, when Francysk Skaryna published his first book The Psalter in Prague. During XVI-XVIII centuries, there were brotherhoods in the Great Duchy of Lithuania belonging to Orthodox churches and monasteries. They conducted cultural-educational activities, opened schools and typographies. One of the first historic dates is March 18, 1633. Then the Polish king Wladyslaw IV Vasa issued a document where the printing house in Minsk at the Monastery of St Peter and St Paul is mentioned for the first time.

31.03.2016

Orthodox temple and spiritual administrative center to appear in Minsk
Orthodox temple and spiritual administrative center to appear in Minsk The Belarusian Orthodox Church will build a temple and a spiritual and administrative center in the historical part of Minsk. On March 30, here was held a prayer service with the participation of the clergy and students of Minsk Theological Academy and College. The common prayer is the first thing Orthodox Christians do before starting any good deed. The idea of ​​the grandiose construction project was supported by the Belarus President during a recent meeting with Metropolitan of Minsk Pavel.

27.03.2016

About 500,000 Catholics meet Easter in Belarus
About 500,000 Catholics meet Easter in Belarus In Belarus, a half million representatives of the Catholic denomination, the second largest in the country, met Easter this night. Bright Resurrection of Christ is celebrated on March 27 by Catholics and Protestants. This important day in the church calendar, a symbol of hope and faith. Christians celebrate Easter with a special celebration and joy, greeting each other with "Christ is risen!" Festive divine service are being held in all churches of the country. Alexander Lukashenko has addressed Christians celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

20.03.2016

Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list?
Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list? Belarus is a unique country with deep-rooted bell-ringing traditions. Rare technique of bell-ringing may become part of the intangible spiritual heritage of Belarus and UNESCO. Studying these techniques for a long time has been Elena. By blessing of Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret, she has been at several expeditions and visited 300 countries.

12.03.2016

Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus
Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl on ISIS What is the root cause of the Middle East conflict? The head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church elaborated on this and other issues.

21.02.2016

Icon with particle from Jesus Christ's crown of thorns delivered to Belarus
Icon with particle from Jesus Christ's crown of thorns delivered to Belarus Several hours ago, the icon with a particle from crown of thorns of Jesus Christ was delivered to Minsk. The shrine was met by Metropolitan Paul at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  The crown of thorns of the Christ itself is in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The icon was brought to Belarus by representatives of the World Christian charity fund "Triumph of the heart."

15.02.2016

Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better"
Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better" Statistics show that every 5 minutes on average one person in the world dies for his faith in Christ. Basically we are talking about hotspots. Persecution of Christians has become a major topic of conversation in Francis Pope and Patriarch Kirill. The primates of the Catholic and Orthodox churches met for the first time in a thousand years. Their paths crossed in Havana's Jose Marti airport, near a wooden crucifix. According to the Christian tradition, the meeting began with a triple kiss and ended with a final declaration on 10 sheets. 

02.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko greets participants of the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
Alexander Lukashenko greets participants of the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenkom has sent greetings to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and the participants of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in connection with the start of its work.  The Head of State expressed confidence that the Bishops' Council will work out important decisions that will serve the high ideals of peace and stability. It should be noted that the Bishops' Council is the supreme governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church. The previous council was held in Moscow in 2013.
Belarusian Catholics celebrating Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
Belarusian Catholics celebrating Presentation of Jesus at the Temple In Belarus, on February 2, Catholics celebrate Day of Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Candles are sanctified in churches. They are then used as amulets.  People also wish good weather for the year to come.If today, February 2, there is thaw, then the spring will be early.

01.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on enthronement anniversary
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on enthronement anniversary The Belarusian President has congratulated the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on the anniversary of his enthronement. Alexander Lukashenko:The Belarusian people appreciates the care of the Patriarch about the strengthening of peace and harmony between the two countries, the desire to preserve a common history based on Christian traditions. The celebrations in Belarus, dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the repose of St. Vladimir with your participation, support the faithful and inspire them to good deeds.

31.01.2016

Minsk bells
Minsk bell ringing: Soviet bans, 14,000-pound bell and meaning of ringing From time immemorial, bells were believed to have great power. The sound, resembling the Annunciation, signaled a feast, a public meeting or a service.  On hearing rich mellow chime, people stopped, wherever they may have been (in the fields, on the road or on duty), looked in the sky and prayed. For the sound to reach settlements miles away, belfries were built on hills or close to rivers, which are perfect acoustic systems.

20.01.2016

Epiphany Eve: Users in social networks show how to bathe in ice cold water
Epiphany Eve: Users in social networks show how to bathe in ice cold water Orthodox believers celebrated Epiphany on January 19. It is believed that this day water has special curative properties. It is consecrated twice - on the Twelfth Day and Epiphany Eve. An integral part of this holiday is swimming in the hole, which the church believes have a special meaning.

19.01.2016

Belarus' Orthodox Christians celebrating Epiphany Eve
Belarus' Orthodox Christians celebrating Epiphany Eve Belarus' Orthodox are celebrating Epiphany Eve. On January 18, religious Belarusians usually fast. You can consecrate water in many churches around Minsk also today, on January 19.  At dusk, it's time for one of the most famous Epiphany traditions. Many plunge into a hole full of cold water to cleanse their souls. The rite has become a tradition for Belarusians since it not only strengthens the body and spirit, but also brings God's grace. The largest "cold bath" in Minsk is located on Komsomolskoye Lake. The bath's width is 2m and length is 25m.

12.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Culture is the nation's foundation
Alexander Lukashenko: Culture is the nation's foundation 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. 

11.01.2016

Christmas in Belarusian church
Christmas 2016 in Belarus The leaving seven days in Belarus were truly a bright start of the new 2016 year. On the one hand, nature finally pleased us with really winter-like weather. On the other hand, last week in Belarus can be called the warmest in terms of manifestations of the best human qualities and charity.
Pavel, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus
Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Pavel about key Christian values The TV program Week has talked with Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, Pavel about core values, spirituality and features of the Belarusian Orthodox. In Belarus, according to the calendar, there are two Christmas holidays: the Orthodox and Catholic. Does this have any religious significance?

07.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' church operates in independent sovereign state
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' church operates in independent sovereign state The Belarus President has wished all Orthodox Christians merry Christmas today. By tradition on Christmas day, Alexander Lukashenko, with his youngest son Nikolai, visits the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral. In his address to Belarusians the head of state did not limit himself to words of congratulations on this bright holiday. Alexander Lukashenko reminded the congregation about the many values ​​that make up our lives and promised that they would remain among the priorities of the state policy.
Alexander Lukashenko visits Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral on Christmas day
Alexander Lukashenko visits Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral on Christmas day By tradition on Christmas day, Alexander Lukashenko, with his youngest son Nikolai, visits the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral. In the temple, the President was welcomed by Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel as well as pupils of the local Sunday school.    And also by tradition, Alexander Lukashenko and Metropolitan Pavel exchanged gifts. Metropolitan Pavel
Orthodox world celebrating Christmas Day
Orthodox world celebrating Christmas Day The Orthodox world are meeting the Nativity. On January 6 Belarusians marked the Christmas Eve. Believers were waiting for the appearance in the sky of the first evening star, which is believed to be the symbol of the one that shone over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. Festive church services are usually held on Christmas Eve. In Minsk's Holy Spirit Cathedral, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, held Vigil.  

03.01.2016

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz turns 70 on January 3
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz turns 70 on January 3 Metropolitan of the Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz turned 70 today, on January 3. On the day of his birth, the main Catholic bishop of Belarus had two masses in the Archcathedral of Blessed Virgin Mary in Minsk.

27.12.2015

Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilev Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church
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.

24.12.2015

Belarusian Catholics to celebrate Christmas on night of December 24-25
Belarusian Catholics to celebrate Christmas on night of December 24-25 On the night of December 24 to 25, the Catholic world will meet the most important Christian holiday - Christmas. For now believers follow the most strict fasting - Christmas Eve.  According to tradition, it ends with the appearance of the first evening star in the sky. The faithful are preparing very carefully for Christmas decorating their houses and preparing gifts for relatives and loved ones.

14.12.2015

President Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Name Day
President Lukashenko congratulates Metropolitan Filaret on Name Day President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Metropolitan Filaret, honorable Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, on his Name Day. "It is gratifying to know that thanks to the many years of your fruitful work we can see in the Republic of Belarus a constructive relationship between the state and the church, which opens wide prospects for cooperation on the basis of traditional Christian values," reads the congratulatory message.

07.12.2015

Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio in the Republic of Belarus (2011-2015)
Claudio Gugerotti optimistic about Belarus relations with West Claudio Gugerotti from Belarus will go to Ukraine, where he will spend the next four years. With what feelings does the envoy of the Holy See leave Belarus and what souvenir will he take away? Your Excellency, thank you very much for taking the time for our conversation. And, if I may, I will speak Belarusian, a native language, because I know that you also studied it. Claudio Gugerotti, apostolic nuncio in the Republic of Belarus (2011-2015): Of course, please.

26.10.2015

President Lukashenko congratulates honorable Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus on 50th anniversary of ordination
President Lukashenko congratulates honorable Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus on 50th anniversary of ordination The Belarus President has congratulated Metropolitan Filaret, Honorable Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, on the 50th anniversary of the episcopal consecration. 

25.10.2015

Belarus President gives icon as a gift to the Pope
Belarus President gives icon as a gift to the Pope Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio and the Vatican representative in Belarus, handed Pope Francis a gift from Alexander Lukashenko. the President of Belarus presented the icon Immaculate Heart of Mary in March 2015 during a meeting in Minsk with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It has now been delivered to the Vatican.

05.10.2015

Prayer for Belarus: ceremony at the Memorial Church of All Saints in Minsk
Prayer for Belarus: ceremony at the Memorial Church of All Saints in Minsk This week the Memorial Church of All Saints in Minsk hosted an incredibly beautiful and symbolic "Prayer for Belarus". It so happened that our country was constantly at the intersection of all the world's wars. These winds of history scattered Belarusians around the world. Many of them never returned home. Last Friday, 7 capsules with earth from places where Belarusians died during WWII were brought to Belarus.  The symbolism of candles lit in the Church of All Saints on Friday was obvious: peace is fragile. 

04.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Prayer for Belarus ceremony
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in Prayer for Belarus ceremony With prayers for Belarus. Hundreds of the faithful gathered on October 2 at the walls of the Minsk Church of All Saints. Representatives of almost all religious denominations - Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims - were present. For decades, they have co-existed peacefully in our land. Taking part in the ceremony was the President, Alexander Lukashenko. In the center of the crypt stood a lamp with Holy Fire from Jerusalem. The Belarus President used it to light a memorial candle.

19.08.2015

Orthodox Belarusians celebrate Savior of the Apple Feast Day August 19
Orthodox Belarusians celebrate Savior of the Apple Feast Day August 19 The first harvest of apples is being consecrated today on August 19 all over Belarus. Orthodox believers celebrate "The Transfiguration of the Lord." This holiday, one of the major for Christians, is associated with the events described in the Gospel, when Jesus Christ on Mount Tabor revealed to his disciples, Peter, John and Jacob, his divine essence. The first written information about the celebration of Transfiguration date back to the 4th-5th centuries AD, when Christianity became the state religion in the Roman Empire.

04.08.2015

International Festival of Orthodox Youth Hodegetria gathers Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians near Vitebsk
International Festival of Orthodox Youth Hodegetria gathers Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians near Vitebsk Theatrical performances, interactive games, bubbles shows and even a fire show. The Orthodox Youth Festival "Hodegetria" gathered near Vitebsk representatives of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The forum included performances of creative groups, master classes, including clay modeling, drawing and playing the guitar. The Orthodox Youth Camp "Hodegetria" brought together about 300 Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians. Guiding Mother of God was selected as Patron Saint of the Festival.

31.07.2015

Over 200 young people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to gather at Vitebsk Orthodox youth festival
Over 200 young people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to gather at Vitebsk Orthodox youth festival Theatrical performances, interactive games, bubbles shows and even a fire show. Orthodox Youth Festival in Vitebsk will gather more than 200 representatives from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The forum is going to feature performances of creative groups. The guys will also take part in master classes, including clay modeling, drawing and playing the guitar. The musical program of the festival will end with a gala concert on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, where the Summer Festival Slavonic Bazaar is usually held.

28.07.2015

Orthodox celebrate day of the baptism of Rus July 28
Orthodox celebrate day of the baptism of Rus July 28 Bell ringing united cities, countries and continents July 28. Day of the baptism of Rus is one of the major religious holidays in the Orthodox Church. It begins with a liturgy in honor of Prince Vladimir, accompanied by the ringing of bells. In 2015, Orthodox churches around the world picked up the festive melody simultaneously. The idea of ​​this unusual music festival was born in Ukraine.

24.06.2015

Patriarch Kirill sends letter of thanks to Metropolitan Pavel after Belarus visit Patriarch Kirill, after the visit to Belarus, sent a letter of thanks to Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed gratitude to the clergy and faithful for the hospitality during his stay in Belarus. According to the Patriarch, he is pleased that he took part in the commemorative events as well as the opening of the spiritual and educational center of the Exarchate.

23.06.2015

No prerequisites for split of Orthodox Church in Belarus
No prerequisites for split of Orthodox Church in Belarus Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, during his visit to Belarus, noted the high level of inter-confessional relations in our country. This topic was discussed on June 23 at a meeting in Minsk that reviewed the visit of the honored guest from Russia. It brought together representatives of the Ministry of Information and was attended by Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel. Concerns about the divisions in church circles are associated with the complicated developments in Ukraine, in which Orthodoxy is now divided into four currents.

22.06.2015

Patriarch of All Russia Kirill visits Brest Fortress, ends trip to Belarus
Patriarch of All Russia Kirill visits Brest Fortress, ends trip to Belarus The head of the Russian Orthodox Church served a memorial prayer service for the fallen Red Army soldiers of the St. Nicholas church garrison. At exactly 4am, a meeting-requiem started.    Exactly 74 years ago, at the dawn of June 22, the German Nazi troops crossed the border of the Soviet Union, breaking the non-aggression pact. This event forever changed history.  From the first hours Belarus became the scene of major military operations.
Belarus President meets Patriarch of All Russia On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began. The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.   His Holiness said that he always comes to Belarus with a very good feeling.

21.06.2015

Patriarch Kirill of Russia holds divine liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest
Patriarch Kirill of Russia holds divine liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest Double celebration for the faithful. Patriarch Kirill has held the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest. It is dedicated to the celebration of the Council of Belarusian Saints. The service brought together more than 15,000 believers and pilgrims. The lower and upper churches were not even able to accommodate all comers. Some had to watch the live broadcast of the service on large screens.
President Alexander Lukashenko and Kirill (Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia)
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will do its utmost to stop the fratricidal war in Ukraine On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began.  The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.  

24.05.2015

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
Alexander Lukashenko sends name day greetings to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill Orthodox believers are marking a double holiday on May 24: Day of Remembrance of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the name day of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. President Alexander Lukashenko sent name day greetings to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.

19.05.2015

Orthodox Church in Belarus: more than 1500 parishes and to-be-built Spiritual and Educational Center
Orthodox Church in Belarus: more than 1500 parishes and to-be-built Spiritual and Educational Center The name Filaret is associated with the strengthening of the authority of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. It receives important support from the state, too. These days the Orthodox community is actively erecting temples and increasing the number of parishioners.
Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Metropolitan Filaret
Metropolitan Filaret, Belarus President discuss cooperation between Belarusian Orthodox Church and state On May 19, the President met with Metropolitan Filaret, honorable Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus. It has become a tradition for Alexander Lukashenko to visit every spring the spiritual mentor and a good friend. The Head of State thanked the Metropolitan for his work and dedicated service to the benefit of the state and the Belarusian people. Metropolitan Filaret and Mr Lukashenko discussed cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the state. They talked warmly and exchanged gifts.

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