- Christopher White
- Oct 17, 2018
Pope Francis paid homage to both the victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania and those persecuted during the country’s Soviet occupation Sunday, condemning the “spiritual sickness” of forgetting the lessons from the past.
Pope Francis called for the “globalization of solidarity” during Mass in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city.
Towering and silver clad, the icon of Mary Mother of Mercy is a reminder to “build bridges and not walls,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis invited Lithuania, a country with a waning population, to promote policies for youth but steer clear of xenophobia.
The Baltics visit presents both challenges and opportunities for Pope Francis, but one thing is clear: clerical abuse and cover-up will not be left behind.
ROME — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia’s intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis’ 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet