Catholics in Belarus seek return of cathedral
April 27, 2011
Catholics in the Belarusian city of Mahileu (Mohilev) are seeking the return of a cathedral confiscated decades ago by Communist authorities. The cathedral, built in 1740, is the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev, which is led by Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Russia’s leading Catholic prelate from 1991 until his 2007 transfer to his native land.
14% of Belarus’s 10.3 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; some 80% are Orthodox.