Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on 1025th anniversary of Baptism of Russia

    Greetings to Orthodox Christians of Belarus

    Dear compatriots,

    I send by best greetings on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia.

    The adoption of the Christianity became a life-giving source for the Eastern Slavs, and shaped the development of statehood, national cultures, science and education.

    At all times the Church has served as a beacon of hope, preached the best traditions of mercy, diligence and devotion to the Homeland. Today its authority stands high in the society. The Orthodox Church brings wisdom and love to our lives, helps maintain stability and harmony in our Belarusian house.

    The anniversary, which is widely celebrated in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, helps us to feel the power of faith, the importance of the chain of generations and the spiritual unity of the fraternal peoples. I am convinced that at a new stage of its history the Orthodox Church will continue its service, uniting people and staying committed to its duty before the God and the Fatherland.

    I wish you strong health, every success in good deeds and undertakings, happiness, peace and kindness.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko