MINSK, 4 May (BelTA) – Belarusians are challenging the West's hypocrisy with their calm wisdom, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he attended the ceremony to unveil the monument to the first Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Metropolitan Filaret at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
“We all see very well that the biblical battle between good and evil is not over. It is still going on throughout the planet under various circumstances and in the most unusual forms. What such a confrontation leads to is clearly seen in our dear and fraternal Ukraine,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
At the same time, the president noted that it is not for nothing that they say that the darkest time is before dawn. In such a difficult period, you can clearly see who is your enemy and who is your friend.
“In the Year of Historical Memory, we, the Belarusians who have gone through a lot, oppose Western hypocrisy again with our calm Belarusian wisdom and rationality,” the head of state said.
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, Metropolitan Filaret has been gone for more than a year, but it is still difficult to talk about him in the past tense. “We miss his voice, unfailing benevolence, subtle humor, wise fatherly advice and prayerful help,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned another message of the clergyman. These words, which the head of state called a spiritual testament, were said by the metropolitan in August 2020 when Belarus was going through a difficult period. “The current task and duty of the nation is to preserve peace and harmony in our native land. This is our responsibility to God and to our descendants,” Metropolitan Filaret said back then.
The head of state urged people not to take each other for granted, to protect the world and the country, and to keep in mind the words of Metropolitan Filaret with which he ended every sermon: “Hurry up for good deeds!”
“Our good deeds will be the best tribute to his blessed memory,” Aleksandr Lukashenko concluded.