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Minister of National Defence met with the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Lithuania


December 21, Minister of National Defence Rasa Juknevičienė met with the Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi at MoND. Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj. Gen. Arvydas Pocius and Ordinary of Lithuanian Armed Forces Bishop Eugenijus Bartulis also took part in the meeting.


It was the first official Minister's meeting with Archbishop L. Bonazzi. The Apostolic Nuncio and high officials of Lithuania exchanged views on cooperation between the Church and the Lithuanian Armed Forces in pastoral care, and cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and clergy in multinational operations.


After the meeting R.Juknevičienė and Maj. Gen. A.Pocius congratulated Bishop E. Bartulis on the 60th anniversary and awarded him with the Lithuanian Prime Minister's Andrius Kubilius Commendation and Medal of the National Defence System.


Military chaplains extend pastoral care of the members and families of members of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Military Ordinariate of Lithuania was founded with reference to the Agreement between the Holy See and the Republic of Lithuania concerning the pastoral care of the Catholics serving in the Army, ratified on September 11, 2000. Fourteen military chaplains and Chief Chaplain of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Maj. Saulius take care of pastoral needs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces' personnel, Kasmauskas.



Picture by A. Pliadis (MoND).

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