The families of Belarusian political prisoners expressed their gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for his care about the prisoners.
They asked the Holy Father to enhance their release and not to stop praying about Belarus.
The open letter from the relatives of the Belarusian prisoners of conscience became the response to the visit of Apostolic Nuncio Claudio Gugerotti to jails. He met with Zmicier Dashkievich, Mikalaj Statkievich, Paveil Sieviaryniec, Alies Bialiacki, Siarhiej Kavalienka and Paviel Syramalotau.
Claudio Gugerotti will meet with the Pope on Tuesday. Discussing the political prisoners in Belarus is on the agenda.
The relatives of the Belarusian political prisoners wrote that “over the previous 17 years Europe’s last dictator has reigned over the country.” They called on the Pope to “pray for us, for Belarus, for those who are persecuted, humiliated, tortured, who scarify their lives for truth, freedom, justice and future built on not communist, but Christian values.”