Defender of the faith, comforter of hearts

Righteous Sofia Slutskaya is prayed for healing, peace and new addition to the family The ringing of bells announces the beginning of the church service. Strings of parishioners flock to the Church of the Holy Righteous Sofia Slutskaya in Minsk. Believers love this place for a special atmosphere of solemnity and peace. There are goodness and peace even in the singing of the choir. It is a great joy to be part of this. Bow to the icon of the saint, ask for help or thank — everyone chooses his own ...

religion , Sofia Slutskaya

Expert: Americans fomenting religious wars with view of coming 20-30 years

... [Ukraine] with a certain dominant religion. At the same time, there ... another matter. Conflicts based on religion can last for 20-30 ...

opinion , religion , church , Ukraine , USA

Opinion: Ukraine has long been a special project of Western forces against the Russian world

... Uniatism has become the ideological religion of Ukrainian Nazism. “Dmitro Dontsov ...

Ukraine , religion , Povny

Orthodox Christians celebrating Holy Resurrection of Christ

On April 16th, Orthodox residents of Belarus are celebrating the most revered church holiday – Easter – which symbolises the victory of life over death and is traditionally considered the most important date in the Orthodox calendar. Churches across the country are preparing to receive citizens on this bright day. Thus, Belarusians pay tribute to the traditions of their ancestors, preserving and passing on to new generations the foundations of spirituality, demonstrating the unity of the people. ...

Easter , church , religion , orthodoxy

Expert explains why Western corporations try to turn Ukrainian conflict into religious war

... , people will fight for their religion, culture, language and land, but ... come up with a new religion based on the existing ones ...

religion , opinion , West

Lukashenko: our clergy educate true patriots of the Fatherland

Speaking at the Christmas service at the church named after St. John the Miracle Worker of Shanghai and San Francisco in Minsk, the President addressed words of sincere gratitude to the clergy Photo: “I want to traditionally thank our clergy. More than three thousand of them serve the Belarusian people. They honour these bright holidays, and – simply speaking – are doing a great job, especially in the present time after the well-known year of 2020 when people realised a lot, in ...

Belarus , Lukashenko , religion

Lukashenko donated Holy Trinity icon to St. Elisabeth Convent

The size of the board on which the icon is painted is 40x50cm. It is made of alder and covered with levkas. The size of the icon with its case is 47.5x57.5x9cm. Photo: The icon was painted with acrylic paints, and its background and assist are covered with gold leaf. The case is made of brocade fabric decorated with metallised cord, pearls, gilded plaque, rhinestones, as well as natural stones in castes: amethyst, carnelian, amber, rose quartz, and jasper. The icon is a copy of the ...

Lukashenko , minsk , religion

Pope Francis sends Christmas greetings to Oriental Christians

Pope Francis has congratulated Orthodox Christians and Eastern rite Catholics on the upcoming feast of the Nativity of Christ, which they celebrate on January 7th, RIA Novosti reports photo: The Pontiff addressed the faithful from the window of the Apostolic Palace on the occasion of the feast of the Epiphany, which the Roman Catholic Church celebrates today. ““I offer my most heartfelt wishes for a Holy Christmas to the communities of the Eastern Churches, both Catholic and ...

Pope of Rome , religion , Christmas

Opinion: West wants Belarusian Catholics and Orthodox to quarrel

In Belarus, Orthodox and Catholic believers live in peace. This has been the policy of the state for thirty years, and the West has failed to split them. In his talk with the Belarus 1 TV channel, the Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, Oleg Gaidukevich, commented on this, stating that the West is now making every attempt to make Belarus’ Catholics and Orthodox quarrel. As an example, the MP mentioned a ...

gaidukevich , opinion , religion , believers

In the holy cloud

Parish of the Church of the Ascension of the Lord was organised in 1996 in the agricultural town of Zhdanovichi. There was no temple yet, but divine services were already held in the temporary premises of the former Krinitsa sanatorium medical building. At the beginning of the 21st century, it was decided to build a new church with the blessing of His Eminence Filaret, the first Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus. The decoration is almost finished today. The correspondent learned about the ...

church , religion , Zhdanovichi , restoration

Better tomorrow – in purity of soul

Ten centuries ago, our ancestors have made a choice that changed the course of history and illuminated the path for future generations. The path of faith, piety and Orthodoxy. In 992, an eparchy was founded in Polotsk — the first in the Belarusian lands. It is from it that the history of the Orthodox Church in Belarus begins. The main celebrations dedicated to the 1030th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Belarusian lands and in memory of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk were held in the ancient city of ...

polotsk , Patriarch Kirill , religion

Hungary demanded not to include Patriarch Kirill in EU sanctions list

Hungary is against the inclusion of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the sanctions list – as reported by TASS with reference to Bloomberg Photo from BelTA archive As informed, Hungary’s representatives put forward additional requirements to the EU ambassadors, which ‘delay the approval of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia’. In particular, ‘Budapest demanded that Patriarch Kirill be excluded from the proposed list of persons subject to sanctions’, the source said. In ...

hungary , russia , sanctions , religion

Eternal values

Aleksandr Lukashenko celebrated Easter with fellow countrymen in his small homeland. President visited the Transfiguration Church in Kopys. On this holiday, the Head of State spoke about something that is of great value not only for Belarusians, but for all peoplekind, “Let’s cherish peace… I always said: nothing is needed in case of a war. And these requests and demands of the Belarusian people — if only there were no war — sound so topical today. That is why, in the name of peace, in the name ...

Lukashenko , Easter , religion , Kopys

Lukashenko: no more devoted and honest clergymen in the world than in Belarus

During today’s Easter service in the Transfiguration Church in Kopys, Orsha District, the President expressed gratitude to the Belarusian clergy Photo: “I traditionally want to thank our clergy. Thank you – those who believe for people, who live for people, who sacrifice their time and their health. As the Head of State, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Be always with your people. There are no more devoted clergymen in the world than in Belarus. And there are also ...

lukashenko , easter , church , religion

With the protection of St. George the Victorious

A temple complex in memory of the people’s heroic deed during the Great Patriotic War will appear in Minsk. It is expected that it will become not only an ornament of the Chizhovka microdistrict, but also a centre of spiritual transformation. The protection of the Soldier Patron Lyudmila Pasynkova is the daughter of repressed parents, an orphanage, a young prisoner of a fascist concentration camp. She worked at the Minsk Motor Plant, when one day she was injured. The injury limited her, but she ...

spirituality , religion , church , St. George the Victorious

Interethnic peace in Belarus achieved thanks to state attention

Aleksandr Rumak, the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs of Belarus, has informed on the most significant religious and national-cultural events scheduled as part of the Year of Historical Memory celebrations On June 22 nd , an all-Belarusian prayer – For Peace and Calmness! – will be held countrywide as part of Day of Remembrance and Sorrow. In addition, an important and interesting campaign is now in full swing jointly with the Belarusian Republican Youth Union: Restoration of ...

memory day , religion , Belarus

Heavenly protection

Reconstruction of one of the most mysterious churches in Minsk revealed the secrets of a century ago The clergy and the army have always been inextricably linked in our lands. A striking example of this is the history of the Aleksandr Nevsky Church, located in the territory of the Military Cemetery in Minsk. The temple appeared at the end of the 19th century in memory of the officers and soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish War, and was intended primarily for the 119th Kolomna Infantry ...

Aleksandr Nevsky Church , religion , history , monument

Places of worship open for believers across Belarus

Religious denominations are grateful to the state for imposing no restrictions on visiting places of worship against the coronavirus pandemic – as stated by Aleksandr Rumak, the Commissioner for Religious and Ethnic Affairs, BelTA reports "Unfortunately, the epidemiological situation remains precarious but I would like to note that the religious denominations express gratitude to the state as it has preserved an opportunity to visit churches. Some admit that their colleagues from foreign ...

religion , coronavirus , church

Spiritual benchmarks

Lessons from the past and morality as the basis of Belarusian politics. What the President spoke about in the Minsk church. PHOTO BY BELTA On January 7th, Orthodox believers celebrated one of the main religious holidays — Christmas. According to a long and good tradition, the Head of State was with the parishioners on this day. The President lit a Christmas candle in the Church of the Venerable Optina Elders in Minsk and warmly congratulated everyone on the bright holiday. Aleksandr Lukashenko ...

Lukashenko , christmas , spirituality , religion , church

Light in the reflection of a shard

Vasnetsov, Bruni and Koshelev: the Baranovichi Holy Protection Cathedral contains masterpieces of world art with a very tragic fate The Louvre, the Hermitage, the galleries of Florence and Vienna... Everyone who knows a little about art dreams by looking at the famous creations of renowned artists and sculptors. But it turns out that the masterpieces of world art can be seen very close: in the Cathedral of the Protection of the Holy Virgin in Baranovichi. Why is it so unique and why is it chosen ...

art , mosaic , religion , temple , Baranovichi

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