Greetings to Pope Francis on 70th anniversary of his priestly vocation

    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has congratulated Pope Francis on his birthday and 70th anniversary of his priestly vocation.

    “For many years, you have tirelessly brought light, goodness and love to the world, you have shared your wisdom and a piece of your heart with everyone,” the message of congratulations reads.

    The head of state thanked Pope Francis for his prayers and care for Belarus and its believers, for friendship and respect. “I cherish the memories of our meeting and sincere conversation,” the Belarusian leader noted.

    Cooperation with the Holy See has been and will continue to be of particular importance for Belarus, the President emphasized.

    “Despite the obstacles we are facing, Minsk and the Vatican strive to maintain a sustainable peace based on the principles of justice and equality for the countries of the world. Mutual support for the fulfillment of such goals gives hope that our joint voice will be heard,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

    The President wished the Pope good health, long life and God’s grace in fulfilling his high apostolic mission.