After several cases of desecration, there’s good news for the people of Kazakhstan: the inauguration of a new basilica in memory of the martyrs of communism.
Bishop Adelio Dell’Oro, Bishop of Karaganda, explained, “The title of minor basilica awarded to the Church of St. Joseph in Karaganda is a very important recognition for Catholics in Kazakhstan. It is a true sanctuary: many go there on pilgrimage, because inside are the relics of the martyr priest of communism Vladislav Bukovinskyin. Furthermore, here are the roots of the Kazakh Catholic presence during the decades of Soviet Communist repression, when it was not possible to profess one’s faith. It is a unique church, because it is one of the first officially registered in Kazakhstan, in 1977. On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the consecration, I requested the concession of the title of minor basilica, and Pope Francis accepted our request.”