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Archbishop-elect Iosif Staneuski of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus.

Pope Francis names new Catholic archbishop for Belarus capital

He succeeds Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who retired in January. Read more

A group of migrants trapped at the border between Poland and Belarus, near the Polish village of Usnarz Górny.

Poland’s Catholic bishops call for solidarity with refugees amid Belarus border standoff

The bishops described the situation at the Poland-Belarus border as “disturbing.” Read more

Archbishop Ante Jozić celebrates Mass before the icon of Our Lady of Budslau in Belarus, July 3, 2021.

Nuncio prays for peace and harmony in Belarus at renowned Marian shrine

Archbishop Ante Jozić prayed that, with God’s help, divisions would be overcome. Read more

The icon of Our Lady of Budslau.

Revered icon of Our Lady unscathed after Belarus church fire

The icon of Our Lady of Budslau has been venerated for centuries in a village north of the capital, Minsk. Read more

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

Belarus bishop offers Mass for Chernobyl victims on 35th anniversary of nuclear disaster

“It was the largest man-made disaster in human history. We feel its effects today,” Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said. Read more

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

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: Catholic.by.

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

The flag of the Republic of Belarus.

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

The flag of Vatican City.

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