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 Kaunas, March 2: Annual Presentation of Pastoral and Financial Situation of Kaunas Archdiocese

Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius presented pastoral and financial situation of Kaunas Archdiocese of the year 2004 during the special annual press conference in Archdiocesan Curia. Archbishop Tamkevičius has been publicly presenting the statistical data of Kaunas Archdiocese for representatives of the media since 1998.

According to Archbishop Tamkevičius, the main pastoral concern of Kaunas Archdiocese is the ongoing preparation for Archdiocesan Synod scheduled for 2006 or 2007. He also emphasized the need to establish and animate pastoral centers in the deanery centers and city parishes.

Archbishop deplored the continuing negative demographic trend in Kaunas Archdiocese with 521 200 faithful: 4810 baptisms compared to 5820 funerals in 2004. He noticed the growing number of the baptisms of adults. According to Archbishop Tamkevičius, 9–10 percent of the faithful of the Archdiocese attend the Sunday Mass.

Archbishop expressed satisfaction with collect for the victims of Asian tsunami – 40 000 Lt. According to Msgr. Tamkevičius, the amount exceeded the average Easter Sunday collect. He also pointed to the growing income according to the Law of Personal Income Tax, which entered into force in 2003 (citizens may transfer 2 percent of their taxable income to NGO and Church organizations). The parishes of Kaunas Archdiocese received ca. 168 000 Lt from the transfer of taxable income.

In 2004 Archdiocesan Curia had 57 employees with average monthly salary of c. 650 Lt.

Little less than 50 percent (46 176 out of total number 96 624) of schoolchildren within Kaunas Archdiocese had been attending religion lessons.

In 2004 the Church Tribunal of Kaunas Archdiocese received 53 requests for marriage annulment, 25 annulment cases were processed positively.

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