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'The doors are open'

Lithuania's Lutheran bishop sees a rejuvenated church

Before World War II, Lithuania had 83 Lutheran congregations. That number declined to 27 after the war and remained small during Soviet rule. Today 54 parishes serve 30,000 members.

"Life in the church has changed, strongly changed," said Bishop Jonas Kalvanas of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania. "The doors have been opened to restoration of the church as it was before Soviet occupation." Throughout the middle and latter part of this century, the Lutheran church in Lithuania experienced several ups and downs, depending on the political situation, he said.


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