Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Belarus president calls upon Church to act as bridge to Western Europe

Catholic World News - April 10, 2012

President Alexander Lukashenko, who has governed Belarus since 1994, has expressed his disappointment that the Church has not done more to improve relations between his nation and Western Europe.

In 2011, the EU and the United States imposed sanctions on Belarus, which is located between Russia and Poland, after Lukashenko crushed opposition protests.

“I will say frankly that we’ve hoped for better collaboration with the Catholic Church,” Lukashenko told Ambassador Paul Friedrich von Fuhrherr, who is ending his service as representative of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Belarus. “We believe that the Catholic Church should have been more active in improving relations between Belarus and Western Europe.”

Nonetheless, Lukashenko thanked Fuhrherr for his service. “You’ve left a pleasant and considerable impact here through your activities. Unlike your colleagues, the Western ambassadors, you're the one who strives in every way to help Belarus and have done everything possible for the benefit of the Belarusian people.”

14% of the nation’s 9.6 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($21,925 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,074.95
63% 37%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Making Moral Progress? July 3
Vatican statement clarifies duties of Catholic faithful after Obergefell decision July 2
Political battles vs. sacrificial service: The Brooks paradox revisited July 2
A Baptist leader with a message the Synod of Bishops should hear June 30
'Helpful' advice for social conservatives: ignore causes, deal with effects June 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15