Catholics urge Bishop to make stand for arrested priest has started collecting signatures under a petition to Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. The campaigners are calling him for “an action against gossip, slander and misunderstanding which dishonour the reputation of the Catholic Church in Belarus”.

On July 26 the Belarusian leader revealed that authorities had recently arrested an officer of a Belarusian intelligence agency who had supplied information to “foreign states” through representatives of the Catholic Church.

After his statement the information on the arrest of priest Uladzislau Lazar appeared in social media. According to unconfirmed data, he is being held in the KGB jail, but it is still unknown what Mr Lazar is imputed with.