Archpriest Vasko spoke about the readiness of the Belarusian Orthodox Church to receive the monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra


In connection with the forced eviction of the inhabitants of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, accompanied by severe pressure on parishioners and clergy, the Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church (BOC) announced that in the event of the expulsion of monastics, they will be provided with places in Belarusian monasteries. The chairman of the Synodal Information Department of the BOC, Archpriest Igor Vasko, told MK about the extent to which Belarus is ready to accommodate Ukrainian Orthodox monks.

The Belarusian Orthodox Church has repeatedly opposed the arbitrariness of the Kyiv authorities in relation to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. From the very beginning, the Orthodox clergy of Belarus expressed support for parishioners and priests. Now that the situation has escalated to the limit, the BOC has issued yet another serious statement.

The Synod of the Church is very concerned about both the irresponsible removal of spiritual, historical and cultural values ​​from the Lavra, and the fact that more than two hundred monks and novices of the UOC may find themselves outside the walls of the monastery and will not be able to fulfill their mission.

To prevent this, the leadership of the BOC decided to invite everyone who would be expelled from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to continue their monastic path in Belarusian monasteries. “MK” asked Archpriest Igor Vasko about his readiness to accept those in need in the monasteries of Belarus.

“We have such opportunities. We have enough monasteries, temples and, first of all, monasteries. If the need arises, we will help. It’s not just a form statement. We can provide real help. The current situation is such that, unfortunately, everything is possible. If people need to look for a place to pray and serve God, then we will provide them with this place,” the clergyman said.

There are 36 Orthodox monasteries in Belarus. Among them, such large ancient monasteries as the Lyadensky Monastery and the Epiphany Kuteinsky Monastery are active. Many monasteries were founded in the 1990s-2000s, for example, St. Athanasius Monastery in Gomel.

“We have ancient monasteries, although they are not so numerous, but in general we can say that there are enough monasteries in Belarus. Monasteries throughout the country, without exception, are ready to receive all those in need from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra,” said a representative of the BOC synod.

Also, the interlocutor of “MK noted that now the BOC has no contacts with the non-canonical OCU.

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