Belarus denies permission for foreign-born Catholic priest’s appointment
December 09, 2016
The government of Belarus has denied permission for a Catholic priest from Russia to serve in a parish in Vitebsk, the Forum 18 news service reports.
The government rejected a request for permission for Father Klemens Werth to serve as a pastor. Under the law of Belarus, government approval is required for any foreigner to act as a religious minister. The government of Belarus has repeatedly denied permission for foreign-born Catholic priests to serve in the country.
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