Posted: 07.01.2024 11:36:00

Lukashenko visited Church of Holy Prophet John the Baptist near Minsk on Christmas

On the bright holiday of the Nativity of Christ, the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has arrived at the Church of Holy Prophet John the Baptist in the agro-town of Shershuny, Minsk District, BelTA reports


The Head of State is attending the Christmas service. He will light a candle and communicate with representatives of the clergy and parishioners.

Back in October 2020, Aleksandr Lukashenko visited this church as well, immediately after its opening and consecration. Its building has two domes made in the Byzantine style and can accommodate up to 150 people at once. The construction of the church began in mid-2018 and was completed in H2 2020.

"I really want this place to be not just holy, but revered for you, so that you constantly come here," Aleksandr Lukashenko told parishioners at that time.

The Head of State informed also that he had personally approved the project of the building. “We wanted to build this church and a house for the person who will live and work here on this hill, in a free place,” the President said in October 2020. “Over the last quarter of a century, more than 1,500 similar religious buildings have been built in the country. We will be gone, but our children will remember that we have done such good deeds in the name of our children and our grandchildren."

In his congratulation to the Orthodox Christians of Belarus, the President stressed that the bright holiday of Christmas gives believers hope for spiritual salvation, teaches boundless love and sacrifice in the name of fellowmen. "Christian compassion and care, simplicity and benevolence have long been the cultural heritage of the Belarusian people. We open our hearts to those who come in peace, and we are ready to share bread and shelter with those in need," the Aleksandr Lukashenko’s message reads.