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Catholic Church's Contribution to Lithuanian Society and Pope's Recent Visit, at Heart of Francis' Meeting With President

Recalled Francis’ September 2018 Visit to Baltic Nation on Centenary of Its Independence

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Pope Francis met with President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, this morning.
According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office today noting their discussions were cordial, it stressed that the parties evoked the good constructive relations between the Holy See and the Baltic country, which the Pope visited in September 2018, on the centenary of the nation’s independence, during his visit there and to Latvia and Estonia.
ZENIT’s Deborah Castellano Lubov was on the papal flight to the Baltic Countries.
The social and political situtation in Lithuania was discussed by the Pope and the president, the statement noted, adding that various themes of an international nature were considered, “such as peace and security and the need for greater solidarity to face the various challenges in Europe and in the region.”
After meeting with the Pope, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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