Lukashenka meets with Belarus’ Catholic top clergyman

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on March 24, Easter Monday, visited the Most Holy Virgin Mary church in Minsk where he met with Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the top Catholic clergyman in the country, BelaPAN reports.

Msgr. Kondrusiewicz and Mr. Lukashenka exchanged gifts, with the former receiving b artist Eduard Rymarovich's painting of the St. Peter and Paul church in the Ashmyany district, Hrodna region, and the latter a commemorative medal, the Belarusian leader’s press office said.

During the visit, Mr. Lukashenka looked at frescoes that have recently been renovated also with funds provided by the government, the press office added.

Some 14 percent of Belarus’ believers consider themselves Roman Catholic Christians, according to official statisticians. The Roman Catholic Church in Belarus has 457 parishes that are part of the Minsk-Mahilyow, Hrodna, Pinsk, and Vitsyebsk dioceses.