The Lithuanian parliament has started debates on a proposal to grant state recognition to Romuva, a religious community of the ancient Baltic faith.
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The proposal on Thursday passed the first reading in the Seimas and will now go to parliamentary committees.

The state may recognize a non-traditional religious association as a part of Lithuania's historical, spiritual and social heritage if it is backed by society and its teachings and rites do not run counter to laws and morality.

Such state recognition is granted by the Seimas after the Justice Ministry gives its opinion.

The ministry has stated that Romuva as a religious community promoting ethnic culture makes a significant part of Lithuania's cultural and religious life, noting that it has been the country's fastest growing religious community lately.

Some 5,100 people considered themselves as followers of the ancient Baltic faith in 2011, when the latest population census conducted, up from 1,200 in 2001.

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