• September 25, 2012
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A priest sacked Polish tourists from a sanctuary of Divine Mercy, just because they were not pilgrims?

© DELFI (Š.Mažeikos nuotr.)

The rector of Vilnius’ Sanctuary of Divine Mercy sacked Polish tourists and he ordered to go back to Poland, informs Wirtualna Polska. The priest Rector Vaidas Vaišvilas from The sanctuary of Divine Mercy gives no comment about the situation.

After  perambulating the sanctuary we had wanted to pray. When we had been praying quietly the priest had come out from the vestry and asked were we the tourists form Poland? When we said yes, he had just snapped his fingers and sacked us from the church. Said Pilot of the trip Mrs. Jezry Szpyra.

We just couldn’t let it go, so I went back to the vestry and said that as a clerical, priest just couldn’t sacked praying people out of the church, added Szpyra. At the vestry was also present a nun. But the priest had been not thinking about saying sorry he had shown the door and said go back to Poland!

The tourists are not pilgrims.

The priest-rector Vaidas Vaišvilas for the sanctuary of Divine mercy did not want to talk with PL DELFI. It was the best to ask them, the only thing I could say is that the tourists were not the pilgrims- cut the conversation Vaidas Vaišvilas

At the Vilnius’ archbishop curia PL DELFI was said, curia could not commented the whole situation because they had not known anything about it. It was hard to say something, no one came to us. If someone had been here it would have been easier to comment. It was not known that something happened with the priest or it was a conflict. If the people could have come to the curia and tell whole story it would have been easier.

Polish tourists secured, they would write about whole situation to the embassy of Poland in Lithuania. Embassy informed PL DELFI that that for now it had not received and letter. Until the embassy receives the official letter it will not comment the situation.

The church of the trinity where for  now is the sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Vilnius was built in 1536. It was founded by Ulryk Hozjusz who was the administrator of the Mint in Vilnius. It was remain tainted by Vilnius’ Metropolitan bishop cardinal Audrys Backis on April 18th 2004. The decision of cardinal where the Painting of Divine Mercy painted in 1934 with the tips of Mary Faustyna Kowalska was moved to the Church of the Trinity on September 8th 2005. Simultaneously, the sanctuary of the Divine mercy was established. The  painting was earlier in Vilnius’ church dedicated to Holy Spirit, where the masses are only in Polish Language. The decision moving the painting made parishioners protest. 

Source:   http://pl.delfi.lt/aktualia/litwa/ksiadz-wyrzucil-polskich-turystow-z-sanktuarium-milosierdzia-bozego-bo-nie-byli-pielgrzymami.d?id=59584207

Tłumaczenie Karolina Przybyło w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Karolina Przybyło the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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