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Aglone Council prohibits residents from organizing protests during Pope Francis’ visit

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA protest against the Catholic Church’s ban on abortions and expression of shock in relation to the recent sex scandals involving Catholic priests was planned to take place in Aglone during Pope Francis’ visit, but the city council decided to disallow them.

Some private person submitted the request to organize the protest act. It was planned that seven people would have taken part in it. The protest act was supposed to take place outside the city council building in the afternoon.

The application for the protest act was reviewed by the city council during an extraordinary meeting. It was initially planned to permit the protest act. However, following a proposal from deputies, it was unanimously decided to reject the application.

Members of the council explained the decision with failure to comply with requirements of the Law on Public Gatherings and Protest Acts – the application was submitted too late and it lacked appropriate documents.

As reported by AFP on Thursday, 20 September, the Catholic Church around the world is under intense pressure from law enforcement institutions around the world because of all the recent sex scandals in Europe, Australia, South and North America.

Baltics are no exception, AFP writes, because in 2018 the Catholic Church in Lithuania admitted after two-year long investigation that sexual abuse had taken place in the church system in the 70s.

How many believers are there in the Baltics?

According to data from the Vatican, close to 80% of Lithuania’s population consider themselves Catholic. In Latvia, on the other hand, the proportion of Catholic believers is around 21% of the population.

Estonia is worth mentioning in the context of the Pope’s visit. Less than 1% of the population there consider themselves Catholic. Estonia is one of the least religious countries in Europe.


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