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14 March 2024, 12:31

Metropolitan Veniamin: Spirituality gets increased focus in addressing global problems

MINSK, 14 March (BelTA) – The tools to address the problems facing humanity are found more and more often in the spiritual domain, Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus said at the meeting of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko with the Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church on 14 March, BelTA has learned.

Metropolitan Veniamin shared his vision of the modern world and gave his take on the matters that he sees as very impactful for the country and its people.

“We see that the world is changing and becoming more and more unpredictable. At the same time, an increasing number of scientists and analysts admit that the spiritual domain is becoming a place where the problems facing humanity can be solved,” Metropolitan Veniamin emphasized. “Today’s conflicts between countries go hand in hand with wars for people’s minds. These wars seek to alter people’s attitudes to their governments, society, traditional values. These processes are gaining momentum and, unfortunately, are achieving their goals by and large. And we can see this by the example of our near neighbors."

The Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus noted: “Christianity is the source of strength for our people. And for the majority of them this is Orthodoxy, the faith that not only brought moral guidelines to our lands, but also defined the very idea of statehood as the common service of everyone.”

Metropolitan Benjamin also spoke about the importance of establishing “relationships of trust between the government and the people, unity and the determination to build peace and harmony on the foundations of morality and spirituality.”

The Synod (translated from Greek as “assembly”, “cathedral”) is the highest governing body of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. It is headed by the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus. The Synod has the highest ecclesiastical legislative, judicial and executive power within the Belarusian Orthodox Church.  

The Belarusian Orthodox Church has 1,737 religious communities, 36 monasteries and convents, 1 mission, 15 brotherhoods and 9 sisterhoods, 6 religious educational institutions, 1,878 functional churches, and 147 churches under construction.
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