Pope Francis makes an Apostolic visit to Lithuania. In Vilnius, the Pontiff was welcomed by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, other leaders of the Republic. In Lithuania, the head of the Roman Catholic Church will be two days, and then will visit Latvia and Estonia. The trip is timed to 100 anniversary of independence, celebrated this year the Baltic States.
In his speech in Vilnius, Pope Francis urged Lithuanians to be open to dialogue.
“If we look at what is happening in the world now, we will see that everywhere there are opinions and voices, sow division and confrontation. Often exploited the security situation and conflicts…. Are the claims that the only way to guarantee safety and to preserve their culture is to eliminate, to get rid of or to expel people of other cultures…. You, Lithuanians, welcoming and accepting diversity and differences between people can contribute to the dialogue.”
Sunday in Kaunas will host the massive event with the participation of the Pope in public worship. It is expected that it will be visited by at least 150 thousand people.