Prime Minister: Pope John Paul II has shown his recognition of Lithuania to the whole world


2020 05 18


Today, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II, one of the greatest authorities in the history of the world, who led the Church into the third millennium of Christianity and contributed greatly to the opening up of Lithuania and other European countries and to the collapse of the totalitarian systems, as well as to the freedom across the European continent.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has pointed out that St. John Paul II is particularly close to the hearts of the people of Lithuania as he was the first Pope to visit Lithuania and to show his recognition of the newly independent state to the whole world, and the values the Holy Father stood by have never lost relevance for our nation.

The spiritual connection of St. John Paul II with Vilnius, his invitation to spiritually and physically restore our Homeland, our lifestyle, our Lithuanian and Christian identity, to seek justice and remember that freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility, and his efforts to foster dialogue between different cultures and religions will continue to inspire us. St. John Paul II will go down in history, among his other merits, as a major contributor to the collapse of totalitarian regimes. The Pope is also largely credited for his role in having brought Lithuania and Poland closer together’, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has declared the year 2020 as the year of St. John Paul II. The Government of the Republic of Lithuania has taken a resolution approving a plan for the commemoration of the year of St. John Paul II.

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