We have $161,864 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Belarus: priest arrested, held without charges amid rumors of espionage

Catholic World News - September 09, 2013

Officials in Belarus have held a Catholic priest in jail since May 31 without explanation, the Forum 18 news service reports. Although no charges have been filed, many people believe that Father Vladislav Lazar is being accused of espionage.

In July, President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced that police had arrested a “traitor” who was “connected with foreign states through representatives of the Catholic Church.” The reference, Forum 18 observes, could have been to Father Lazar. No other Catholic Church official is known to have been arrested or questioned about the case, and the government has not offered any further explanation.

The Belarus government, the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference, and the apostolic nuncio all declined to comment on the imprisonment of Father Lazar. Forum 18 reported that prison officials had not allowed the priest to have a Bible, rosary, or prayer book in his cell.

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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($161,864 to go):
$200,000.00 $38,135.72
81% 19%
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.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. 20 hours ago
What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? 22 hours ago
Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family October 7
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. October 7
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? October 7

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5