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 April 3–8: Lithuanian Faithful Mourn and Thank for Pontificate of John Paul II

After having got the message on death of Pope John Paul II, President of Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Audrys Bačkis sent the telegram of condolence to the College of Cardinals in Rome. On April 3 Lithuanian Bishops published the letter to clergy and faithful inviting them to give thanks for the pontificate of John Paul II: his wise leadership, testimony of living faith and extraordinary commitment to the Lord and to the Church, that the Holy Father demonstrated especially during his last days and hours of life on earth.

The letter emphasises the integral testimony of John Paul II in words and deeds. The teaching of the Pope was focused on human dignity, remind the Bishops. The Bishops’ letter fosters the memory of the visit of the Pope to Lithuania and invites the faithful to study patiently his encouraging words and wishes. The Holy Father insistently invited young Lithuanians to be “heralds of new evangelisation”: “Open the door for Christ”. The Bishops also refer to the words of the Holy Father on the special mission of the family, the “home church”. Lithuanian Bishops invite the faithful to foster the heritage of John Paul II: fidelity to Christ and submission to Mother of God.

The letter was read during the Mass, concelebrated by Cardinal Audrys Bačkis and all Lithuanian Bishops in the Archcathedral of Vilnius on April 3.

On Monday – Friday Masses and prayer vigils are beeing held in diocesan Cathedrals, sanctuaries and parish churces on behalf of Pope John Paul II.

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