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Picking up where we left off in Lithuania, I wanted to find St. Ignatius Loyola church.  When I was preparing for the trip I read something about a lovely statue dedicated to Pope John Paul II from his visit to the city.  I was curious about it and wanted to check it out.  The only problem was finding the location.  It took a little bit of wondering, but I was successful.

St. Ignatius Loyola, Siauliai, LithuaniaIt was a lovely looking church – small actually.  It was a little different from what I expected.  The inside was rather plain, which is unusual for a Catholic church, but still very quaint and warm and welcoming.

I saw this poster on the side of the church.  St. Ignatius Loyola, Siauliai, LithuaniaIt seems very fitting with the rest of the church.

And then I found the statue I was looking for:

Pope John Paul II statue, Siauliai, LithuaniaIt was right beside the church.  I would say it’s pretty much a life-size version of the Polish Pope.  It commemorates his visit to Lithuania and specifically to St. Ignatius Loyola Church in September 1993.  If you remember, this was not long after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Lithuania is a mostly Catholic population, so visiting there was more than just symbolic.