"A unique Lithuanian chapel in the Vatican symbolizes Lithuania's fortitude and reminds the world of our country's history - baptism and deportations. We recently marked the anniversary of mass deportations; this year we will commemorate the 600th anniversary of the baptism of Samogitia. In the place which is sacred to each Lithuanian, I lit a candle for our nation's exclusive unity and strength accompanying us from the very origins of our state," the President said.
The chapel, established through the efforts of Lithuanian diaspora in 1970, is one of ten chapels in St. Peter's Basilica. On the eastern wall of the chapel are representations of King Mindaugas, Grand Dukes Vytautas and Jogaila as well as of the first churches built by them in Lithuania. The western wall reflects the painful history of deportations from our country, which is witnessed by the Kražiai Massacre, depicts St. Kazimieras, the blessed Josaphat Kuncevicius and the books of Lithuanians exiled to Siberia. Pope John Paul II also had visited the chapel immediately after his inauguration.
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