Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Pope Francis on Friday discussed emigration challenges, humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, social compassion to the impoverished and affected, assistance to families and birth rate promotion issues, the government said.
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Pope Francis in the Vatican on October 6
© AFP / Scanpix

Furthermore, Skvernelis also took the opportunity to invite Pope Francis to visit Lithuania, noting that Lithuania's ties with the Holy See had always been special.

"With its firm stance, the Holy See has helped the people of Lithuania in the struggle for freedom, and the pope's attention to Lithuania has always been a source of hope and belief. The Vatican's non-recognition of Lithuania's occupation and annexation made it possible for our diplomatic mission to the Holy See to operate even during the occupation, and this is especially important for Lithuania," said the prime minister.

The leader of the Catholic Church has only visited Lithuania once – Pope John Paul II was in Lithuania in September of 1993.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Most-advanced US fighter jets land in Lithuania for 1st time

The United States' most-advanced fighter jets F-35 landed in Lithuania on Thursday.

MPs greenlight Rupsys' appointment as chief of defense

The Lithuanian parliament gave on Thursday the green light for the appointment of Major General...

President to nominate Skvernelis for Prime Minister after courtesy resignation

Lithuania's new President Gitanas Nauseda is expected to nominate on Thursday Saulius Skvernelis...

Prime Minister: several ministers to be replaced in Cabinet reshuffle

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says more than one ministers will be replaced in the...

Pulkauninkas resigns as chief forest officer

Marius Pulkauninkas is set to leave the post of Lithuania's chief forest officer on August 1 after...