CNA Staff, Oct 20, 2020 / 02:30 am
Exiled Belarusian Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz met with senior Vatican officials Monday.
The website of the Catholic Church in Belarus reported Oct. 19 that Kondrusiewicz held talks with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
Catholic.by said that the trio discussed plans to enable Kondrusiewicz to return to his homeland after he was blocked from reentering Belarus amid turmoil following a disputed presidential election.
The website said that the Vatican was “concerned” that the president of the Belarusian bishops’ conference remained barred from the country.
“The Holy See is making every effort to rectify the situation as soon as possible and hopes that the problem will be resolved positively,” it said.
Kondrusiewicz, the archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev, was turned back at the border Aug. 31 when he attempted to return home following a trip to Poland. The authorities later claimed that his passport was “invalid,” but invited him to appeal the decision.
Gallagher, the Vatican’s equivalent of a foreign minister, traveled to Belarus Sept. 11 to discuss the situation with Belarusian officials, but the talks did not result in an immediate breakthrough.
Kondrusiewicz had spoken out in defense of protesters after they were targeted by police following an election in August in which the incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, claimed victory with 80% of the vote.