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Pope to honor Baltic martyrs amid abuse crisis

VILNIUS, Lithuania – Pope Francis kicks off a Baltic tour in Catholic Lithuania on Saturday, September 22 where he will honour victims of the region s Nazi and Soviet occupations as the Church reels from fresh clerical abuse scandals. The 4-day trip to the northeastern edge of the European Union and NATO alliance brings him geographically close to Russia, where Vatican diplomats have been trying for years to arrange a papal visit. The pontiff will also visit mainly Protestant Latvia on Monday and secular E

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