Archbishop to become Lithuania's first beatified Soviet-era martyr
WARSAW, Poland – A Lithuanian archbishop who was murdered with a lethal injection after 16 years in prisons and labor camps was to become the first Catholic martyr from the country’s communist era to be declared blessed.
The beatification ceremony for Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis, who died in 1962, was planned for June 25 in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. About 30,000 people including bishops and priests from abroad were expected to attend.
“Besides being our first Soviet-era martyr recognized by the universal church, he’ll also be the first Lithuanian beatified on native soil,” said Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, president of Lithuania’s bishops’