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Archbishop Gintaras Grušas’s Address to Pope Francis

Your Holiness,

Thank you very much for coming to Lithuania and for finding time to meet with and listen to our young people. Our young people are the future of our Church and our Homeland. You are carrying the light of Christ and have come as a Pilgrim of Hope, which is not merely an idea, but arises from resurrection of Jesus, the hope that is born when we trust in the Divine Mercy.

The Lord comes to us in the darkest of times. He gives mercy and hope for life to us. This is what this image of Divine Mercy, painted here, in Vilnius, at the request of Jesus, reminds us. We have an obligation from Saint John Paul II to be Apostles of Mercy and proclaim this message to the world.

I pray that the words You say today may be deeply rooted in our hearts and bear fruit in our lives, so that when every young person hears the Good News he or she can find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who extends hope for life and meaning.

Holy Father, You consistently invite us to pray for You. I want to invite You to pray before Saint Casimir, the patron saint of Lithuania and Lithuanian youth, to say a prayer of intercessionfor our young people. Meanwhile, I am asking our young people to pray that God continues to bless You and Your service.

But may I first ask you to impart to these young people your Apostolic Blessing.

Metropolitan Archbishop of Vilnius GINTARAS GRUŠAS