Pope to celebrate Mass on Freedom Square when visiting Estonia

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The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Francis will have two ecumenical meetings during his trip to the Baltics in September and among other things will also celebrate Mass on Freedom Square in Tallinn.

The Vatican on Thursday released details about the previously announced Sept. 22-25 pilgrimage.

In Lithuania, where Catholics are the majority, the pope will visit a Marian sanctuary. Then after being driven from Vilnius to Kaunas, Francis will celebrate Mass in a park on Sept. 23.

Many of Latvia's Christians are Orthodox or Protestants. Francis on Sept. 24 will have an ecumenical encounter in Riga and will also visit the city's Catholic cathedral.

In Tallinn, Estonia, the pope will meet with young people in a Lutheran church before celebrating Mass on the Freedom Square.

The pope's visit is scheduled to take place in the same year that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrate their centennials.

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