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Lithuania premier, Pope discuss Church-state affairs, European policies

September 19, 2013

Pope Francis met on September 19 with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius of Lithuania, for a conversation that centered on Church-state relations and the history of Catholic contribution to Lithuanian society.

Because Lithuania currently holds the revolving presidency of the European Union, the Pontiff also spoke with Butkevicius about European and broader international affairs. The two agreed on the need for negotiations toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria.


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