Vitebsk bishop Aleh Butkevich has been elected Chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Belarus. Minsk has played host to a plenary session of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Belarus (CCBB) to mark the 30th anniversary of the restoration of the Catholic Church structures in Belarus, BelTA learned from the website of the Archdiocese of Minsk and Magilev of the Roman Catholic Church.
The meeting was attended by all Belarusian bishops and Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Belarus, Archbishop Ante Jozic. “The main item on the agenda of the meeting was the election of a new chairman. As a result of the voting, Bishop Aleh Butkevich of Vitebsk was elected new chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Belarus,” the statement reads.
Bishop Aleksander Kaszkiewicz of Grodno was elected deputy chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Belarus. Auxiliary bishop of Grodno diocese Iosif Staneuski was elected general secretary of the organization.
The participants of the meeting discussed the organization of the Budslau festival this year. It was decided that the traditional celebrations in the National Sanctuary of the Mother of God of Budslau will take place on 2-3 July in the same format as last year, with the observance of sanitary regulations and without organized pilgrimages. Those who wish may make pilgrimages individually.