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BELARUS: Construction of a Fransican monastery and pastoral centre

Category: Building churches and chapels

In Belarus, the Capuchins are playing a vital role in nurturing the growth of faith in a country where Christianity faced decades of Communist repression.

They are reaching out to children and young people in parishes, schools, nurseries and schools for the blind. Their summer camps are hugely popular and for many children they are the only opportunity they have for spending their holidays outside the towns.

Masses used to be celebrated in the open air, in front of a cross, then later inside an army tent. Eventually a chapel was built. But, these temporary premises are no longer big enough for this growing community of Fransiscan brothers and for the large number of youth and parish activities. A larger monastery complex and pastoral centre is the answer and Aid to the Church in Need has promised to help.

"The transmission of genuine Christian values and a Christian worldview still represents a major challenge for the Church", says Brother Andrei Zylewicz, who is the Vice-provincial. Around the world, communities like his are nurturing the faith. Could you help brothers and Sisters make the light of Christ shine bright again?

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Belarus - Building churches - Communism - Europe - Teenagers - Young adults - Youth outreach

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