Minsk, November 24, Interfax - Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl called on Belarusians and residents of European countries to show mercy and compassion towards refugees "stuck" on the Belarusian-Polish border and compared them to "aliens".
"They should be treated as "aliens". This is how the Old Testament calls for treating all wanderers in our lives. The Bible says that we are strangers too on this earth, like many of our fathers. Therefore, it is necessary to show mercy and compassion towards strangers and strangers, to support them at a difficult moment and feed them with bread," he said at a press conference in Minsk on Wednesday.
According to religious teaching, he said, all people who have lived their lives on earth will give their answer for their own actions before God, which means that everyone on whom the migration crisis and the fate of people at the border depend should help them.
"I would like everyone to meet these poor people who find themselves in such a situation. Moreover, Christmas is approaching, the Christmas Fast begins soon, the time of mourning, when believers do good deeds," he recalled.
"Yes, it is very important to feed and clothe these people. But it is even more important to solve the problem itself," the metropolitan added.