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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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