Minsk was selected as the venue of the plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) in 2017, the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus said on its website.
"The next plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of
Europe will be held in Minsk in the period between September 28, 2017
through October 1, 2017.
The capital of Belarus will be visited by over
40 cardinals and bishops from all countries of Europe and from the
Vatican, which has never happened before," the report said.
Commenting on the decision made on the basis of the results of the
bishops voting in Monaco, Archbishop Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz
of Minsk and Mogilev called the selection of Minsk as the venue of the
next plenary session of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of
Europe "a sign of major respect, honor and prestige for the Church in
Belarus and for Belarus in general."
The Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe originated in 1965,
when a committee aimed at developing possibilities for closer
cooperation at the level of local episcopates was formed at a meeting of
13 heads of national episcopates in Rome. The founding meeting of the
council took place in Rome on March 23-24, 1971.
The council comprises 39 members of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe
and several other hierarchic structures. The venue of the next plenary
session is selected at annual plenary assemblies.