Minsk, December 18, Interfax - President of Byelorussia Alexander Lukashenko during his meeting with apostolic nuncio in Great Britain Claudio Gugerotti said that his country is ready to accept the Pope of Rome for treatment if it is necessary.
The president asked the archbishop to convey Pope Francis his wishes of good health and congratulations on the New Year.
“If he gets sick, he shouldn’t worry, we can take him for treatment and we know how to treat. But it’s better not to get ill now. Christmas, the New Year, holidays - no time for being ill. However, if something happens, he should immediately come to us,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying by the BelTA state agency.
The archbishop assured that he would convey these words to the Pope of Rome. According to him, the head of the Roman Catholic Church wished to celebrate the Christmas holidays with believers, but quarantine measures do not let him do it.
Lukashenko also thanked Gugerotti for the visit, calling it a good sign.
Gugerotti was an apostolic nuncio in Belarus in 2011-2015. This time he came to Minsk as a special envoy of the Pope.