Greetings to Pope Francis

    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent birthday greetings to Pope Francis as the Pontiff turns 85.

    “The life journey of your Holiness goes along the service to God and to people. Your personal example is of special value and significance both for the Catholic flock and for the entire world. It is gratifying to note the high level of relations between Belarus and the Vatican, which has been reached thanks to your efforts,” the head of state said.

    The President also welcomed the appointment of the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Minsk and Mogilev of the Roman Catholic Church.

    “I recall with warmth the meeting with you and hope that in the near future we will be able to discuss various issues of our cooperation again,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

    The President expressed confidence that joint activities would contribute to achieving common goals: the development of interfaith dialogue, the protection of the traditional family and true Christian values.

    The head of state wished Pope Francis strong health and long life.