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 Panevėžys, March 9: Commemoration of the Witness of Faith Rev. Alfonsas Lipniūnas

The Diocese of Panevėžys commemorated the witness of faith of XX century Rev. Alfonsas Lipniūnas (1905–1945), who died a martyr’s death in Stutthof concentration camp. His priestly ministry was committed to apostolic activity with Catholic youth. Rev. Lipniunas was famous with zealous sermons for students during the Nazi occupation in Vilnius. His preaching and non-conformist attitude caused deportation to Stutthof and subsequent martyr’s death. On March 9, commemorating 100th birth - and 60th death anniversary, Bishop Jonas Kauneckas celebrated Mass in the Cathedral of Panevėžys. The commemoration was followed by occasional conference in the Musical Theatre of Panevėžys. The program included poetry and songs performed by priests.

The Diocese of Panevėžys provides information on Rev. Alfonsas Lipniūnas in the special website www.lipniunas.com.

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