Updated at 13:48,15-08-2017

Metropolitan Pavel: I will try to learn Belarusian

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The new head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church is soon to arrive to Belarus from Russia.

61-year-old Russian national Archbishop Pavel of Ryazan was appointed as the head of the Orthodox Christian Church in Belarus after Metropolitan Philaret had retired. He is not a Belarusian citizen yet. Alyaksandr Lukashenka congratulated Pavel with this appoinment after a brief pause.

Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus journalists asked Metropolitan Pavel if he was going to study Belarusian. "I will try," the church hierarch said. "I had to study languages everywhere. I had to learn English to communicate with people. I will try to learn Belarusian as much as I can."