CNA Staff, Dec 1, 2020 / 08:05 am America/Denver (CNA).
Exiled Belarusian Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz will lead his flock in a virtual Advent retreat this month.
The website of the Catholic Church in Belarus reported Dec. 1 that the archbishop will lead the retreat at the Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary in the capital, Minsk, from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 “with the help of audiovisual media.”
It said that recordings of Kondrusiewicz’s reflections would be posted on the website.
Kondrusiewicz, the archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev and president of the Belarusian bishops’ conference, 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.
He 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.