2020-09-14 11:21:00

Catholics organize procession in Minsk to stop 'persecution of the Church', to bring back Kondrusiewicz

Minsk, September 14, Interfax - A procession of believers from every Catholic diocese of Minsk took place on the premises of the Holy Trinity Church on Friday to pray for the end of "persecution of the Church" and the return of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz to Belarus.

According to the statement published on the official website of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, the procession was organized by believers from the oldest Catholic diocese of Minsk and their senior priest Yury Sanko, while the joint prayer was led by Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Minsk and Mogilev, Bishop Yury Kosobutsky.

"Bishop Kosobutsky said that the illegal ban on the return of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz dealt a blow to the entire Catholic community of the country, which was left without its leader," the statement said.

Kosobutsky highlighted the need for self-improvement and the impermissibility of judging others. "The hierarch said that the song by Viktor Tsoi about the desire of change had lately become very popular and noted that everyone should start the change from oneself, in one's heart. A prayer, solidarity, and a kind attitude to all people without exception, including those who offend you, help do that," the statement said.

Head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz was denied crossing into Belarus from Poland on August 31 without explanation.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that Kondrusiewicz had been denied entry to Belarus as "he had received an assignment in Poland."

The Conference of Catholic Bishops said later that the ban on the return of Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, a citizen of Belarus, contravened the current legislation.