All Roman Catholic and Protestant churches in the country are serving Christmas masses this night. Christmas is celebrated as national day. President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated all Catholics and Protestants yesterday. "To every Christian, Christmas is not merely a spiritual symbol but an appeal for pious thought and creative doing," he said in a message of greetings. Roman Catholics account for 14% of all believers in Belarus, say the latest sociometric studies. The number of Catholic parishes increased four-fold within the last twelve years to a current 433, with more than 300 churches. Another thirty are under construction.
Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience