Pope will consider visiting Belarus

22.09.2020, 09:33
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According to Vatican Secretary of state Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis will 'consider' the idea of visiting Belarus.

Ukrinform has reported it citing the website of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus.

"Belarus has always been very interested in the Pope's visit," said the Secretary of State of His Holiness.

However, these plans were not specified, and now the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Hierarch, "blocked everything", and no one knows for how long.

"I think this is one of the visits that the Pope will consider," Cardinal Pietro Parolina said.

The Vatican noted that it is monitoring the situation after the expulsion of Roman Catholic leader Tadeusz Kondrusevich from Belarus.

As previously reported, the Belarusian border guards denied entry into the country to the head of the RCC of Belarus, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusevich, who was returning home from Poland.

Protests continue in Belarus against the electoral fraud in the August 9 presidential election, in which, according to official data, Alexander Lukashenko, who has led the country since 1994, won 80.1% of the vote, and opposition candidate Svitlana Tihanovska - only 10.1%. Due to threats, Tikhanovska was forced to move to Vilnius.

Belarusian law enforcement continues to use violence against demonstrators and detain protesters. Since the beginning of the demonstrations, according to the opposition data, more than 10,000 people have been arrested, and several people have been killed.

The European Union did not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus and decided to impose personal targeted sanctions against Belarusian officials involved in violence and fraud.