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Julia Kulba, left, with her sister during restoration work at the church in Adamovichi, Belarus. Photo courtesy of Julia Kulba and

Tattoo artist restores Stations of the Cross in Belarus

A tattoo artist has restored the Stations of the Cross at a church in Belarus at the invitation of the... Read more

The flag of the Republic of Belarus.

Authorities in Belarus stall Catholic charity initiative to help low-income families

A decision by the authorities in Belarus has left a Catholic charity unable to pursue an initiative aimed at helping poor... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

‘Despite change, the Church remains’: Emotional farewell Mass for Archbishop Kondrusiewicz

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz said at a farewell Mass on Sunday that the Church would remain a source of strength for... Read more

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz prays outside the Akrestsin Street pre-trial detention center in Minsk, Aug. 19, 2020. Credit:

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Archbishop Kondrusiewicz days after return to Belarus from exile

Less than two weeks after Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk was allowed to return to Belarus after a four-month exile,... Read more

Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus.

Pope Francis sends special envoy to meet with Belarus president

Pope Francis sent a special envoy to meet with the president of Belarus Thursday amid tensions between between the Catholic Church... Read more

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Church in Belarus calls for prayers after police detain Catholic priests

The Church in Belarus appealed for prayers Tuesday after police detained two Catholic priests.  Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Belarus to be consecrated to Mary on Immaculate Conception feast

The metropolitan archbishop of Minsk has asked all churches in Belarus to pray an act of consecration of Belarus to... Read more

Protesters in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Sept. 13, 2020.

Catholic bishops appeal for ‘peaceful solution’ to crisis in Belarus

The Catholic bishops of Belarus appealed Wednesday for a “peaceful solution” to the crisis that has gripped their country since... Read more

Bishop Yuri Kasabutsky celebrates Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Name of St. Virgin Mary in Minsk, Belarus, Nov. 13, 2020.

Catholic bishop prays for Belarusian reportedly beaten to death by security forces

A Catholic bishop celebrated Mass Friday in memory of a protester reportedly beaten to death by security forces in Belarus.   Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz: Reconciliation is crucial in Belarus

The Church in Belarus has no other task than proclaiming the Gospel. It did so also during the protests that... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev, pictured in 2014.

Exiled Catholic archbishop meets with senior Vatican officials

Exiled Belarusian Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz met with senior Vatican officials Monday.  Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev.

Pompeo calls for Belarus to allow Catholic bishop to return

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called for the government of Belarus to allow the Catholic Archbishop of Minsk... Read more

The statue of St. Michael the Archangel in the Cathedral of the Blessed Name of Mary in Minsk, Belarus, on Sept. 23, 2020.

Catholics in Belarus ask St. Michael the Archangel’s intercession for end to crisis

Amid strife in their country, Catholics in Belarus held a Mass Tuesday with a revered statue of St. Michael the... Read more

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Vatican calls for 'peaceful and just resolution' of Belarus crisis

After President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he was putting troops on high alert and closing Belarus’ borders, a Vatican diplomat... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev.

Catholic archbishop appeals decision to block him at Belarus border over ‘invalid’ passport

A Catholic archbishop has appealed to the interior ministry of Belarus after border authorities said he was prevented from returning... Read more

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Belarus.

Belarus renews invitation to Pope Francis amid talks

Belarus renewed its invitation to Pope Francis to visit the country Friday during talks with a senior Vatican official.   Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017.

Vatican official visits Belarus after archbishop blocked at border

A senior Vatican official arrived in Belarus for talks Friday after the leader of the country’s Catholic Church was barred... Read more

The Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary in Minsk, Belarus.

Catholic Mass is taken off the airwaves in Belarus

A Mass broadcast to Catholics across Belarus has disappeared from the airwaves amid political upheaval following a disputed presidential election.   Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev, pictured in 2014.

Europe’s Catholic bishops back archbishop blocked from returning to Belarus

Catholic bishops across Europe have expressed support for an archbishop who was refused entry to his homeland of Belarus.   Read more

Church of Sts. Simon and Helena, Minsk, Belarus.

Belarusian bishops appeal for blocked archbishop’s safe return

The Catholic bishops of Belarus are calling for prayers that one of their archbishops, who was blocked from re-entering the... Read more