Pope Francis on Tuesday morning bid farewell to Lithuania in a farewell ceremony at Vilnius Airport attended by the country's political and religious leaders.
Pope Francis
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On the cool, sunny morning, young volunteers who had helped to organize the papal visit sang songs and presented the pontiff with a T-shirt with the word "Volunteer" on it.

Following his two-day visit to Lithuania on Satruday and Sunday, the pope travelled to Latvia on Monday, but returned to the Catholic Nunciature in Vilnius for the night.

Francis will fly back to Rome on Tuesday evening after ending his Baltic tour in Estonia.

In Tallinn, the pope will meet with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and will deliver a speech to the authorities and representatives of civil society.

The Holy Father will also take part in an ecumenical youth meeting in the Lutheran Saint Charles' Church before meeting with those assisted by the charitable organizations funded by the Church in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

The pope's visit to Estonia will culminate with Holy Mass in Freedom Square.

Estonia is one of the least religious nations in the world, with the number of Catholics in the country put at 4,500, which accounts for less than 1 percent of the population.

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