Secretariat of State Vatican, December 18, 1978

Dear Father:

His Holiness John Paul II gratefully acknowledges the greet­ings which you and nine other Lithuanian priests sent by telegram upon his election to St. Peter's Throne.

The Holy Father lovingly thanks you for this expression of unity and love and, in praying God to bestow every blessing on His greatiy beloved Lithuanian Church, grants you and the other priests whose names are mentioned in the telegram his Apostolic Blessings, as a sigh of special favor.

I also take this opportunity to express my own respect and sincere wishes.

+ J. Caprio Subst.

N.B. The acknowledgment was sent in the name of the Rev. Mykolas Buožius.