2006-03-21 16:49:00

Alexy II congratulates Lukashenko on victory in elections

Moscow, March 21, Interfax - Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia has sent a congratulation to Alexander Lukashenko on his victory in the presidential elections in Belarus, wishing him God’s help in his work for the good of the people.

‘Seeing the impressive results of your previous work in this office, the multinational people of the republic have again given you a vote of confidence through supporting your candidature by a majority of votes’, the patriarchal messages says.

Alexy II also pointed to the fact that in all situations and trials the people of Belarus set an example of ‘courageous stand for their land, faithfulness to their old traditions, spiritual strength, sensitivity and kindness.’

‘As primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, I am very much gratified with the fact that good relations have been established between the religious and secular leaders in Belarus in the last years. These relations are called to show common concern for the restoration of shrines ruined in the past, for religious education, Christian enlightenment and moral health of society,’ the document notes.

Patriarch Alexy also expressed hope for further development of church-state cooperation, ‘which promotes the spiritual unity and moral and material well-being of the fraternal Belarussian nation,’ the Orthodox Encyclopedia church research center has reported on Tuesday.