Posted: 14.03.2024 11:22:00

Lukashenko meeting with Synod of Belarusian Orthodox Church

The President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, is meeting with the Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church today, BelTA reports


The Synod [‘assembly’, ‘cathedral’ in Greek] is the supreme governing body of the Belarusian Orthodox Church headed by the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, and it has the highest ecclesiastical legislative, judicial and executive power within its structure.

The Belarusian Orthodox Church has 1,737 religious communities, 36 monasteries and convents, 1 mission, 15 brotherhoods, 9 sisterhoods, and 6 religious educational institutions. There are 1,878 churches, and 147 more are under construction.

In line with the state investment programme, assistance is provided to restore historical and cultural monuments: the Saviour Transfiguration Church in Polotsk (12th century historical and cultural value) and the Holy Dormition Stavropegic Monastery in Zhirovichi.