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Belarus: prisoners deprived of religious freedom

August 04, 2011

Prison officials in Belarus show no concern for the religious freedoms of prisoners unless they are Orthodox, according to a Forum 18 report.

Non-Orthodox prisoners face severe restrictions on visits from clergy, and in some maximum-security facilities they must choose between an annual visit from a cleric or from family members. Convicts who face the death penalty are not given an opportunity to speak with a minister before their execution.


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 04, 2011 3:59 PM ET USA

    Let's pray the rosary for our Catholic brothers imprisoned by those schismatics that if they cannot have a priest hear their confessions they may be given the grace to make a perfect act of contrition. Is this the idea of "Orthodox" Christian charity?