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LITHUANIA BEATIFICATION OF TEOFILIUS MATULIONIS On 1 December 2016, Pope Francis signed the decree recognising the martyrdom of Mgr Teofilius Matulionis (1873-1962), Archbishop of Kaišiadorys, who remained a faithful witness to the truth of the Gospel of Christ, despite the time spent in numerous Soviet concentration camps. The announcement of his beatification was seen as recognition of the testimony of all those who suffered in the Soviet camps and who died for freedom, for the faith and the Church of Christ. The beatification ceremony was held in Vilnius on 25 June 2017, in the square in front of the Cathedral and was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. It was an important event not just for the whole of Lithuania, but also for the neighbouring countries where Blessed Teofilius Matulionis served the people of God, as shown by the presence of tens of thousands of people from Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Poland and many other countries. It was the first time that a beatification had been held in Lithuania.

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PRESIDENT HIS GRACE MGR. GINTARAS GRUŠAS ARCHBISHOP OF VILNIUS

SECRETARY GENERAL REV. KESTUTIS SMILGEVICIUS

THE YEAR OF THE VENERABLE ARCHBISHOP AND MARTYR TEOFILIUS MATULIONIS After the announcement of the recognition of his martyrdom, the Lithuanian bishops proclaimed 2017 the year of the Venerable Archbishop and Martyr Teofilius Matulionis. By doing so, the bishops were able to show how the fame of the future Blessed Matulionis had gone well beyond the confines of the diocese of Kaišiadorys. The proclamation of a special year has also been the opportunity to promote greater knowledge about the future Blessed, to show the example of this witness of faith and faithful defender of the Church, and to ask for divine grace through the prayer for his intercession. A website www.teofilius.lt was created for this. There have also been various publications and broadcasts. Pilgrimages to Kaišiadorys Cathedral, where the tomb of the Blessed can be found, have increased. There, pilgrims are warmly welcomed by Mgr Jonas Ivanauskas, current Bishop of Kaišiadorys. YOUTH DAYS From 23-25 June 2017, a thousand or so young people from all over Lithuania met in Vilnius to celebrate together Lithuania’s Youth Days on

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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