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Belarus Bishop Offers Mass for Chernobyl Victims on 35th Anniversary of Nuclear Disaster

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz prays outside the Akrestsin Street pre-trial detention center in Minsk, Aug. 19, 2020.

Thousands died of radiation-related illnesses, such as cancer, in the 35 years following the explosion of a reactor at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine.