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The President: Preservation of values – common concern for the state, the public and the Church


Friday, December 10, Vatican City - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

The President thanked the Holy See for the policy of non-recognition of Lithuania's annexation in the years of Soviet occupation and reiterated Lithuania's previous invitation for the Holy Father to visit our country.

"Pope Benedict XVI of Rome thinks about Lithuania, sends season's greetings and blesses all Lithuanian people. I am happy this message comes at this particular time, the season of Advent, and I am happy to be able to pass it over to our people," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President and Pope Benedict XVI talked about the role of the Catholic Church in public life, the need to strengthen common human values in politics, and current international policy concerns such as migration, fight against corruption, economic and social policy, and cooperation in promoting inter-civilization dialogue.

"Lithuania supports efforts by the Holly See to foster inter-civilization dialogue and promote tolerance among different religious confessions. Vilnius, which has since long ago been home to different religious communities living in peace side by side, is an ideal place for an ecumenical dialogue," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

According to the President, Lithuania, which holds the OSCE Chairmanship next year, is committed to enhancing cooperation with a view to promoting religious tolerance, respect for human rights, fight against discrimination and trafficking in human beings.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė also had a meeting with Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State of His Holiness The Pope.

After the official visit to Vatican, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will have a working meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.12.10 15:25