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Archbishop Gintaras Grušas celebrates Mass at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Lithuanian Catholic archbishop: We must ‘carry the banner of Divine Mercy out to the world’

Apr 7, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius believes that his country has a “big message” for the world. Read more

 The former KGB prison now a museum in the city of Vilnius.

Meet the Jesuit who survived the KGB

Dec 26, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Pope Francis visited a former KGB building in Vilnius, Lithuania Sept. 23, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius was the only bishop... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fighters in Vilnius, Lithuania Sept. 23, 2018.

May Lithuania become model of fight for human rights, Pope prays at former KGB headquarters

Sep 23, 2018

Pope Francis prayed that Lithuania become an example of defense of human rights in a gathering Sunday with former 20th-century... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Kaunas, Lithuania Sept. 23, 2018.

Pope Francis: Christian life always includes the cross

Sep 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As can be seen throughout history, the life of a Christian cannot escape the sacrifices and sorrows of the cross,... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Mater Misericordiae shrine in Vilnius, Lithuania Sept. 22, 2018.

Pope Francis praises Lithuania’s history of hospitality

Sep 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

During his first speech in the Baltics Saturday, Pope Francis told Lithuanian authorities to take pride in their country’s history... Read more

Pope Francis.

Did Pope Francis call himself 'the devil?'

Sep 22, 2018

Traveling Saturday to Lithuania, Pope Francis joked that, in the eyes of some, Pope St. John Paul II is considered... Read more

Icon of Mary Mother of Mercy. public domain

Pope Francis in Vilnius, the 'city of mercy'

Sep 21, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis will arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 22. During his first day in the city, the pope will... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of Ss Stanislaus and Ladislaus in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Pope's Baltics visit to honor those who sacrificed for freedom

Sep 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ahead of his visit to the Baltic states Sept. 22-25, Pope Francis praised liberty and said his trip would honor... Read more

Is a papal trip to the Baltic countries on the horizon?

Jan 29, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A recent trip to Lithuania, taken by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s “minister for foreign affairs”, has raised expectations... Read more

Venerable Teofilius Matulionis, who was martyred Aug. 20, 1962, and who will be beatified June 25.

Lithuania's first Soviet-era martyr to be beatified

Jun 13, 2017

A Soviet-era priest and bishop who continually defied communist rule and spent much of his ministry in prison will be... Read more

 Hill of crosses, Lithuania.

Heroes amid a haunted past: Pope meets, praises Lithuania's bishops

Feb 2, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis praised Lithuania's bishops for their courage in a nation marked by both a history of persecution against the... Read more