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 Kaunas, May 6: Archbishop Tamkevičius Commented Initiative of Reconciliation Commemorating End of WWII

Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius criticised the idea of common celebration of the end of WWII, organised by Lithuanian Government on May 8 in Vilnius, inviting together representatives of anti-Nazi coalition and those of armed anti-Soviet resistance. “Church supports every initiative of reconciliation, but true reconciliation must be based on fundament of truth”, said Archbishop Tamkevičius, referring to the fact that 1944–1953 armed resistance against Soviet occupation in Lithuania continued years after the official end of WWII. Archbishop Tamkevičius also emphasised the contribution of the members of the Church in anti-Nazi actions, especially in saving the lives of Jewish people.

Archbishop Tamkevičius spoke in the press conference on May 6, anticipating the Day of social communications to be celebrated on Sunday, May 8. He primarily commented the annual message of the Pope John Paul II for the 39 th World Day of Social Communications. Archbishop of Kaunas also occasionally awarded journalists for their contribution spreading Christian and human values. Mykolas Drunga was awarded for the years of work in Lithuanian programme of “Radio Free Europe”, especially covering themes on religion and culture. Jūratė Kuodytė was awarded for her work in Catholic radio program “Mažoji studija”. Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius presented the traditional annual awards on behalf of the foundation “Bažnyčios kronika” (Chronicle of the Church).

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