- Dec 14, 2019
Despite the pain and suffering they have experienced, Catholics in the Baltic states can take hope in the steadfast care of the Virgin Mary, as depicted at the Gate of Dawn in Lithuania, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Pope Francis called Christians in Latvia to let the music of the Gospel be heard even in challenging times.
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
Pope Francis will travel to the eastern periphery of Europe to honor a faith that withstood a Nazi invasion and five decades of communist dictatorship and now is striving to help people live in freedom as authentic disciples of Christ.
Pope Francis’s visit to the Baltics in late September wishes to bring encouragement and joy to the local Church and disenfranchised youth.
Updating the schedule for Pope Francis’s trip to the Baltics Sept. 22-25, the Vatican said the trip will include a prayer in Vilnius, Lithuania, at a monument to members of the city’s Jewish community who perished under Nazi occupation.