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Polish church apologizes for hosting nationalist prayers

  • In this photo taken on April 16, 2016, members of extreme-right National-Radical Camp march with national white-and-red flags and their organization's green flags in the eastern city of Bialystok to mark 82 years of the organization that was founded on fascist ideas and promoted antisemitism before World War II. Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland denounced nationalist views Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and apologized after the radical extreme-right organization held a Mass in the regional cathedral. (AP Photo/Michal Kosc )

    In this photo taken on April 16, 2016, members of extreme-right National-Radical Camp march with national white-and-red flags and their organization's green flags in the eastern city of Bialystok to mark 82 years of the organization that was founded on fascist ideas and promoted antisemitism before World War II. Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland denounced nationalist views Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and apologized after the radical extreme-right organization held a Mass in the regional cathedral. (AP Photo/Michal Kosc )  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on April 16, 2016, members of extreme-right National-Radical Camp with their organization's green flags line the aisle at the Catholic Cathedral in the eastern city of Bialystok, where a Mass marked 82 years of the organization that was founded on fascist ideas and promoted antisemitism before World War II. Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland denounced nationalist views Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and apologized after the radical extreme-right organization held a Mass in the regional cathedral. (AP Photo/Michal Kosc )

    In this photo taken on April 16, 2016, members of extreme-right National-Radical Camp with their organization's green flags line the aisle at the Catholic Cathedral in the eastern city of Bialystok, where a Mass marked 82 years of the organization that was founded on fascist ideas and promoted antisemitism before World War II. Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland denounced nationalist views Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and apologized after the radical extreme-right organization held a Mass in the regional cathedral. (AP Photo/Michal Kosc )  (The Associated Press)

Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland have denounced nationalist views and apologized for the actions of radical nationalist organization in a regional cathedral.

Father Andrzej Debski, a spokesman for the church in Bialystok, said Wednesday the apology came after believers complained that a Mass was held in Bialystok Cathedral for the National-Radical Camp, or ONR, celebrating its 82 years on April 16.

The ONR members with flags lined the church's aisle. Debski told The Associated Press that some people complained the priest's speech "was not in line with the spirit of the Gospels."

ONR members then marched in Bialystok, chanting "Down with the European Union!" and "Great Catholic Poland!"

The priest has been banned from making any public statements, and prosecutors are also investigating the situation.