Round table: “Faith and freedom: a Lithuanian perspective” | Events | Department of Theology


This event will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT) / 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EEST)

Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, first published in March 1972, was the oldest and best-known underground periodical in the former Soviet Union. For 17 years, Catholic priests and nuns have published The Chronicle as a means of documenting religious persecution and other human rights violations perpetrated by Soviet authorities. A total of 81 issues were produced clandestinely and smuggled abroad, highlighting human rights abuses in Lithuania and elsewhere in the USSR. The English translations have reached wide audiences among democratic governments, Catholic bishops and clerics, the foreign press, international organizations and the public, including in Lithuania, radio networks such as Voice of America, Radio Liberty and Radio Vatican.

2022 is the year of The Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, as declared by the Parliament of Lithuania, in recognition of the publication’s role in defending religious freedom during the Soviet occupation and in informing the national and international public about human rights violations by Soviets.

This webinar will contribute to this commemoration of The Chronicle, highlighting the idea behind its publication, the role of Catholic resistance and the contribution it made to the Soviet-era human rights movement.

The panel will be led by HE Gintaras Grušas, Archbishop of Vilnius, joined by prominent Lithuanian intellectuals. He will be introduced by HE Audra Plepyte, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America, and moderated by Gerard Powersteacher and director, Catholic Peacebuilding NetworkNotre Dame University.

The event will stream live from this event page at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 7:00 p.m. EEST on Wednesday, May 4.

Organized by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Washington DCthe Catholic Peacebuilding Networkand The Institute of Human Ecology, Catholic University of America.

Introductory remarks

  • HE Audra Plepyte
    Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America



  • Gerard Powers

    Gerard Powers
    Professor and Director, Catholic Peacebuilding Studies, University of Notre Dame

Image credit: St. Anne’s Church, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2018. Courtesy of on Flickr.

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