CNA Staff, May 11, 2021 / 13:00 pm
A Marian icon revered by Catholics in Belarus was recovered undamaged on Tuesday following a fire at a church in the village where it has been venerated for centuries.
The icon of Our Lady of Budslau was found unscathed on the morning of May 11 amid the blaze at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the village of Budslau, about 90 miles north of the capital, Minsk.
Catholic.by, the website of the Catholic Church in Belarus, reported that minutes after smoke was seen billowing from the roof, pastor Fr. Dmitry Dubovik and volunteers entered the church and removed the icon and the Blessed Sacrament.
Belsat TV reported that the church’s roof was destroyed in the blaze which firefighters battled for more than four hours. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
Catholic.by said that the icon is being kept at a safe location and would soon be available for veneration again.