CNA Staff, Nov 26, 2020 / 04:35 am
The Catholic bishops of Belarus appealed Wednesday for a "peaceful solution" to the crisis that has gripped their country since a disputed presidential election in August.
In a Nov. 25 message, issued in Belarusian and Russian, the bishops said that, after months of protests and crackdowns, the crisis was deepening.
"Violence does not stop, blood continues to be shed, society is divided. This does not foretell us a happy future, for, as Christ said, a house divided against itself cannot stand," the bishops said.
They noted that Belarus -- a country of 9.5 million people bordering Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine -- previously enjoyed a reputation for harmony between its different religious and ethnic groups.