Friday, January 7, 2011

Lithuania Wonders After…

Dalia Grybauskaitė, the president of Lithuania, paid a visit to the pope on December 10, 2010. The Vatican press office said that “during the cordial discussions, attention was focused on the positive presence of the Catholic Church in the life and history of the country, with the joint desire being expressed to strengthen existing bilateral relations.”

Among other things, the two men discussed “the current economic and social situation, with particular reference to families and young people.”

Social issues is always an important topic for relations between the Vatican and the nation states of the world. The Vatican wants more influence over social issues in largely Catholic coutries. Lithuania is 80% Catholic.

As usual for state visits of this type, Grybauskaitė also met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the papal secretary of state, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states.

“The kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Revelation 17:2.

“And all the world wondered…” Revelation 13:3