Rome Newsroom, Dec 7, 2020 / 10:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
The metropolitan archbishop of Minsk has asked all churches in Belarus to pray an act of consecration of Belarus to the Immaculate Heart of Mary after Mass on Dec. 8.
“With faith in Mary’s help, let us turn to her to ask her Son, the Merciful Jesus, for all of us and for our fatherland to have the grace to end the coronavirus pandemic and live a peaceful life,” Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz wrote in a statement on the website of the Catholic Church in Belarus.
Kondrusiewicz invited Catholics to pray a Marian consecration prayer which appeals for an end to the “very dangerous socio-political crisis” in Belarus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Protests erupted in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Aug. 9 after the government’s electoral officials announced a landslide victory for Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country since 1994.
Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, president of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference, was prevented from returning to the country on Aug. 31. The archbishop had spoken out in defense of protesters and said he feared the country was heading towards civil war.