“We would like to express our deep gratitude to President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko for his support of the traditional Christian values, recognition of their importance for the Belarusian national culture and human life,” the statement said.
In his message about the church and public life with the participation of the Belarusian President, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, said that on 9 January 2015 the head of state attended a solemn ceremony to present the awards “For spiritual revival”. The Metropolitan drew the attention to the fact that in his speech the President of Belarus said: “The commitment to the Christian values, moral and aesthetic traditions is one of the main factors in the development of the Belarusian nation”.
“The Belarusian leader noted the particular role of spiritual values in promoting the national unity,” Metropolitan Pavel said.
In addition, the Synod decided to “express the hope that the good relations between the Belarusian President and the Belarusian Orthodox Church will be growing stronger for the common good of people.”