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Catholic priests playing politics, Belarus government official charges

January 26, 2015

The Commissioner for Religions and Nationalities in Belarus has charged that Polish-born Catholic priests are engaged in political activities, and therefore have been denied permission to remain in the country.

“They do not like our country, our law, our authorities,” said Leanid Hulyaka. “In that case we are not going to prolong their living permits.”

Hulyaka issued a series of additional charges against Catholic priests, saying that they spend a great deal of time abroad, are not fluent in the Belarusian language, and have been guilty of offenses such as drunk driving.

 
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