Posted: 14.03.2024 11:50:00

Lukashenko: interfaith peace is Belarus’ main achievement

Interfaith peace is the main achievement of Belarus – as stated by the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, during today’s meeting with the Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church

The Head of State drew attention to the fact that all the bloodiest wars on earth were unleashed due to religious contradictions, “This card is still played today by the ideologists of colour revolutions and riots. In such conditions, it is important to maintain equal rights and dialogue between representatives of all faiths. After all, Filaret – a prominent Orthodox Church figure – noted that interfaith peace is Belarus’ main achievement.”

The President added that, fortunately, the difficult foreign policy context did not affect the traditions of good neighbourliness and religious tolerance of Belarusians. Moreover, ethno-confessional relations in our country are peculiar for resilience and stability.

“At the same time, our society is experiencing unprecedented pressure at the level of ideas and values. On the one hand, this is due to the unprecedented pace of technology development (AI, modern means of communication). On the other hand, the ideas of permissiveness, consumerism, childlessness, LGBT and others – onviously destructive and harmful for the society and the state – are being imposed on us,” stated the Belarusian leader.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that society does not have time to develop generally accepted norms of behaviour, making it more difficult for people to make the right moral choice, “Many people search and do not find answers to eternal questions: who am I, why am I, what is my destination. Unfortunately, people go to church less and less often to get answers to these questions. The Church expects people to come to God on their own. However, I think, this is a counter process, and the Church must take a step towards ordinary people. We must learn to preach God's Word in such a way that it is understandable to everyone. Society has expressed its demand for the living, effective word of the shepherd.”