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Polish Catholic fined for praying for Archbishop Kondrusiewicz in Belarus

A resident of the city of Lida, Aleksander Szor, was fined 270 rubles (108 USD) for participating in a prayer service for the return to Belarus of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz,


Aleksander Szor is a member of the Union of Poles in Belarus. He took part in a common prayer service in front of the parish church of Lida. The Pole was summoned to a short hearing at the court in Lida.

The judge asked the accused what he was doing at the church. Szor replied that he was praying. “Who did you pray for?”  the judge then asked. The defendant confessed frankly: “For the return of  his Grace, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.” That response was enough for the magistrate to fine him 270 rubles.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz has been denied entry in his country in early September. Earlier this week Belarusian authorities even cancelled his passport.

On the 17th of September, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced the closing of the country’s western borders with Poland and Lithuania.


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