Martyrs Remembered
Byelorussians commemorate 70th anniversary of holocaust ordered by Stalin

.- Byelorussians are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the holocaust ordered by Stalin at the Gulag (the Russian concentration camps), which took the lives of 800,000 Catholics, many of whom were martyrs.

Between August of 1937 and December of 1938, some 10,000 people were killed in Byelorussia. On the night of October 29 of that same year more than 100 people were killed by the NKVD, the secret service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In order to commemorate these dates, Greek Catholics in the country organized a pilgrimage on July 15 to the town of Polatsk.  On that occasion, the apostolic visitator of the Greek Catholic Church of Byelorussia, Archimandrite Sergius Gajek, said of the victims of the genocide, “We desire to pray for eternal rest for their souls and for us the grace to be courageous witnesses of the Risen Christ in Byelorussia.”

Likewise, last August 26 the Apostolic Administrator of Minsk, Archbishop Anton Dziemianka offered a Mass for the repose of the souls of the victims.  On October 28 Protestant churches in the country held a Day of Repentance for the crimes of Communism, with many Catholics and Orthodox participating as well.

In addition, some Greek Catholic priests celebrated a Mass on October 29 in
Kurapaty, Minsk, where more than 50,000 people murdered in the Gulag are buried.  Hundreds also participated in a pilgrimage through the streets of the city.  The commemorations are expected to continue throughout the next several days.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: