President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President received letters of credence from the Apostolic Nuncio

2014-04-16

Wednesday, April 16, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė accepted letters of credence from the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio Pedro Lopez Quintana.

During their meeting, the President and the Apostolic Nuncio reviewed close cooperation and the well-established legal relations between Lithuania and the Vatican. Lithuania is the only state in Central and Eastern Europe where the status of the Church is fully defined.

They discussed common values that are cherished by the European Union and the Holy See: peace, human dignity and democracy.

The Holy See in a statement urged to respect international law regarding the developments in Ukraine, and not to commit actions causing bloodshed. The President noted the importance of this position.

They also talked about the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII which will take place on April 27. The canonization will be attended by President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Archbishop Pedro López Quintana was born in 1953 in northern Spain. He is the fifth apostolic nuncio to Lithuania. After completing studies in canon law, he joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1984. He served in the Apostolic Nunciatures of Madagascar, the Philippines and India. Since 2013 he worked in the Vatican's Secretariat of State. Archbishop Pedro López Quintana speaks English, Italian, French, and Portuguese.

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Press Service of the President

Last updated 2014.04.16 11:31

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