STRIKING THE RIGHT NOTE

The Pope in the Baltic States

The Pope during an ecumenical meeting with young people in Tallinn. Photo: Heinz Paus
The Pope during an ecumenical meeting with young people in Tallinn. Photo: Heinz Paus

27.09.2018

In September Pope Francis visited Estonia and Latvia. The President of the Bonifatiuswerk, Heinz Paus, who accompanied the trip, was impressed by the meetings and the joint church services. The people of the Baltic States experienced and felt the respect and appreciation of Pope Francis during these days. He repeatedly spoke out in favour of freedom, unity and solidarity.

Solidarity beyond continents and religions

The visitors listened enthusiastically and were affected by various speeches of the Holy Father. He repeatedly emphasised the importance of solidarity among each other; not only between Eastern and Western Europe, but also beyond continents and religions. This became particularly clear during the ecumenical prayer in the Lutheran Cathedral in Riga.

The Pope made it clear that faith unites us and that we can draw strength and hope from our faith. But this is only possible if we also know our own roots. If you want to build a peaceful future and grow, strong roots in faith will help you. By consciously experiencing a European network of Christian faith roots, Christians can experience that they are not alone in their faith – in all its diversity.